Speaker Program

Award-winning, innovative and highly recognized leaders in the field of mood disorders speak and present to our DBSA NCA group each year.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Capital Area Chapter

Is pleased to announce:    

Accessing Mental Health Care: How to Maximize Your Benefits

Health care reform has increased access to mental health services for millions of Americans. But far too many people are not aware of their new rights under mental health parity laws. This workshop will review reforms in insurance plans and provide you with information on how to know and stand up for your rights, as well as how to appeal a benefit denial.

Thursday, February 25 – 7:30 pm

George Washington University Hospital

Auditorium – Basement Level

900 23rd St NW (23rd & I St NW)

Foggy Bottom Metro

Program Presenter – Eric Scharf: Eric has a lived experience with depression; he serves as Advocacy Advisor for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and is active in the DBSA National Capital Area Chapter. He is President of Kelsey Consulting, focused on assisting nonprofit organizations with issues of business process improvement and governance issues. He has more than thirty years of experience in association management and a background in health policy and human rights advocacy. A Washington, DC resident, Eric currently lives in Columbia Heights.

Light refreshments will be provided
All speaker program events are free and open to the public.

A meeting will also be held at our regular location at Foundry Church.

Past Speaker Events (Includes downloadable documents and presentations)
How you can helpVoluntary donations are encouraged.
Federal employees or members of the military can contribute to National DBSA through the Combined Federal Campaign, DBSA’s CFC code is 12000.Recommend a speaker for the program.
Forward their contact information to hello@dbsanca.org.