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A list of contacts with a June 14 Metro article on D.C. group homes misspelled the name and 8e-mail address of the contact person at the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. She is Linda Harllee Harper, and her 8e-mail address is linda.9harlleeharper@9dc.gov.

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With group homes in the District answering to one or more D.C. government agencies, figuring out where to call with concerns about a resident's welfare or complaints about a home's operation has been a source of frustration for some people. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said the city administrator's office will soon have a person to coordinate responses to such inquiries.

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Until then, here are the agency officials who can be contacted:

-- Child and Family Services Agency: Jenna Beebe, 202-727-7040, jenna.beebe@dc.gov.

Group homes licensed by CFSA typically care for teenage foster children who have not been placed in family foster homes. To ensure the privacy and safety of the abused and neglected children in CFSA's care, the agency does not disclose the addresses of the homes it licenses.

-- Department of Mental Health: Sheila Kelly-Long, 202-673-3516, sheila.kelly-long@dc.gov.

Group homes licensed by DMH typically house six to eight people. DMH does not disclose the addresses of the homes it licenses because doing so would effectively disclose the residents' conditions and violate their privacy.

-- Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services: Linda Harllee Harper, 202-724-4740, linda.harlleeharper@dc.gov.

Group homes licensed or operated by DYRS house typically house six or fewer residents, though some house as many as 12. Information about homes under contract with DYRS is available at http://dyrs.dc.gov/DC/DYRS/Youth+Services/Residential+Facilities. Information about homes operated directly by DYRS is available at http://dyrs.dc.gov/DC/DYRS/Youth+Services/DYRS+Facilities, which also includes information on the agency's two detention centers.

-- Department on Disability Services: Karine Mauprivez, 202-730-1693, karine.mauprivez@dc.gov.

Group homes certified by DDS typically serve four to eight people. As the agency overseeing care of the residents, DDS does not disclose addresses of the homes because doing so would effectively disclose the residents' conditions and violate their privacy. The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, which inspects and licenses the homes, does report the addresses in its inspection reports. The HRLA contact is Sharon Mebane, 202-442-4751, sharon.mebane@dc.gov.


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