DCBHA works with organizations that are not eligible for membership to increase our ability to enhance engagement in high-quality, whole-person care for District residents with serious mental illness or substance use disorders.

Unemployment Services Trust

Since 1983, 501(c)(3) employers have had the ability to opt out of the state unemployment tax system and instead pay dollar-for-dollar for their own unemployment claims through the Unemployment Services Trust (UST), a national nonprofit alternative to paying state unemployment taxes.

By exercising their federal exemption, nonprofits that work with UST are able to pay only for their own unemployment costs and set aside a reserve account to pay for their claims. And because they are no longer part of the tax-rated pool, these 501(c)(3) organizations can avoid the claims volatility of other associations.

UST partners with DC Behavioral Health Association to help reach organizations like yours to keep more money within the nonprofit community.

If you’re a 501(c)(3) with 10 or more employees, benchmark your unemployment costs at and get a complimentary 2-Year Savings Projection. If you need assistance filling out the form, contact UST at 888-249-4788.


Perla partners with DCBHA members to help our members find trusted advisors in legal, accounting, and more with healthcare industry experience. Perla pre-screens advisors, reducing the vetting to a pool of advisors already known to have skills our members seek third-party help to address.

“Catholic Charities has been a longtime member of the DCBHA because of the advocacy the Association provides that support its member organizations as well as the larger DC community to ensure access to Behavioral Health Services for District residents. Being a member also provides the opportunity to network with other members and stay informed on important issues, both locally and nationally, that impact our work.” – Karen Ostlie, Senior Director of Anchor Mental Health, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Collaboration Across the Health Care Sector