Mental health authority works to add value

Dec 26, 2015 by

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority leader reports on consumer focus, evdience-based approach to serving community

Tom Watkins – The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and its community partners, we have accomplished a great deal to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens: persons with serious mental Illness, children with emotional disabilities, persons with substance use disorders and individuals with developmental disabilities.

We must never lose sight of the fact that an illness or disability from the neck up is just as real as a disease from the neck down. One in 4 people today are touched by the services we provide through the DWMHA.

The Authority was recently awarded $13.2 million to offer mobile crisis stabilization services, crisis intervention, pre-admission screening and related services. This initiative will ultimately reduce costly emergency room services and inappropriate incarceration.

DWMHA has trained over 10,000 citizens, first responders, clergy, teachers and average citizens in “Mental Health First Aid.”

 

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