Available Trainings


The CLS Training department in Wayne County has the primary role of training direct care workers and provider staff who provide support to the individuals we serve.

We train over 1,000 staff annually. We adhere to the Michigan Department of Community Health and Department of Human Services Training Guidelines and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority’s Required Training Chart.

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The trainings we provide include:

  • Working With People 1&2
  • Introduction to Community Living
  • Culture of Gentleness
  • Health
  • Medication Administration
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Annual Medication Administration Review

Other required classes include:

  • CPR and First Aid provided by the American Red Cross
  • Recipient Rights provided by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

In addition to the trainings we provide, the Virtual Center for Excellence website VCE Online offers a variety of trainings for direct support staff, peers and family members in addition to mental health professionals and administrative staff.

Training requirements may vary depending on job descriptions and the needs of the person being served. If you have questions about CLS training please call the CLS Training department at (734) 722-4595 Michelle or (734)722-7493 Cindi



Peer Leadership


Core values

Community Living Services strongly believes in listening to the people it serves. As part of the Agency’s efforts toward system improvements, it partners with its Peer Leaders. A Peer Leadership group meets regularly and provides suggestions on system improvement, advocacy and Peer to Peer supports. The Peer Leadership group educates itself on system transformation and has been instrumental in increasing peer representation on various community organizations and mental health committees, both locally and at the state level. Peers have been trained in the Principles of Self-determination, Housing Advocacy, Fire and Home Safety, Peer to Peer Supports, Community Participation and the Budgeting process. If you would like to attend the next Peer Leadership meeting, please call 734-467-7600 ext. 7493.

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors build bridges to community resources and assist people in creating their own life with the necessary supports and services put in place for them to succeed. Peer Mentoring services include: Benefits Planning, Supported Employment/Income Generation, Housing, Transportation, Post-Secondary Education, Transitions Toward Independence, Recreation/Community Participation, Person Centered Planning and Independent Facilitation. People receiving services from CLS can request a Peer Mentor by calling 734-467-7600 and asking for their Supports Coordinator.

Training Calendar



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