Mental health not broken, don’t try to fix it

Mar 9, 2016 by

The city of Detroit and the county of Wayne seem to be back from the brink of disaster.

Clearly the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan and County Executive Warren Evans deserve credit.

There has been much publicity about the turning around and promising futures of the county and the city; but there is another governmental unit that has not just righted the ship, but gone from worst to first in just two years’ time.

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) under the leadership of Tom Watkins is leading the state in its programing by utilizing best practices, data-driven outcomes and striving for the greatest level of independence of the 70,000 persons with mental illness, developmentally disabled and substance uses disorders they serve annually.

Whereas just two years ago the operations of the Wayne County Mental Health Agency caused the state Legislature to mandate a change in the way they were governed because its mismanagement was jeopardizing the entire state’s Medicaid funding from the federal government.

Source: Cavanagh: Mental health not broken, don’t try to fix it

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