Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Strategic Planning Community Forum

If you would like to be involved in the strategic planning process please plan on joining us at the following Evening forum:



Salvation Army - Detroit Harbor Light
3737 Laeton St.
Detroit, Mi 48208

To register visit:
Dec 2nd:

DWMHA will meet with consumers, families, stakeholders and community partners to solicit feedback on our strategic plan. DWMHA will work with individuals interested in the status of mental health in Wayne County.

Activities will include:

  • Reviewing DWMHA’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles
  • Cataloguing DWMHA’s current functions and resources
  • Identifying the system’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Collect and use reliable data to achieve strategic goals

Focus Groups

If you have questions regarding registrations contact: Camille Ulrich at 734-785-7705, ext. 7427 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Inclusion and Integration
For years we have understood that individuals have wanted to live in more independent housing and have more employment opportunities. In order to meet the desired outcomes, this breakout session will focus on identifying innovative projects and develop action plans that are going to help reach these goals. In what way can the individual served be engaged in meeting their desired outcomes?
Crisis Management & Response
This session is an opportunity to re-imagine the way we access community and peer supports to prevent and handle crises and remove the need for restrictive care.
Improving Practices
This breakout session will help to identify programs and services that are beneficial to the community. And implement practices to ensure that valuable tools that meet the needs of persons served are established.
Health and Safety
This breakout session discusses overall strategies to promote wellness and safety in the community, adopting healthy behaviors and reducing harm in the delivery of care to consumers.
Recovery Oriented System of Care
This breakout session will focus on what we as a system, its partners and those served can do in cooperation to build a society that is inclusive and fully supports recovery.
Integrated Care
How do we coordinate our systems into one integrated service for persons with multiple problems and complex needs? Be prepared to discuss your thoughts and ideas on cross-systems integration.
Operational Excellence
How to do we balance, Cost, Quality and, Time? This session will be discussing organizational efficiency and effectiveness to ensure we get more "effective" dollars into services.

Mental Health Authority Selects New Organizations to Provide Care for Wayne County Citizens

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) has been in the process of improving the quality of care within the community mental health system in Wayne County. We have held community forums and gathered feedback and insight from consumers, families, stakeholders and providers about how to best improve our service delivery system. As DWMHA has been in the process of doing its due diligence to select the best organizations that can fully embrace the Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Guiding Principles of the DWMHA to be consumer and community focused, data driven and evidence-based.

The DWMHA Board decided this afternoon on those organizations that will serve as the Managers of the Comprehensive Provider Networks (MCPNs) providing services to persons with mental health and developmental disabilities in Wayne County. The organizations that will administer mental illness contracts will he: CareLink and Gateway. The organizations that will administer the developmental disability contracts will be: Community Living Services, ConsumerLink and Synergy.

These organizations were held to a high standard and had to meet many criteria that proved to our evaluation team that they could meet the needs of the population we service.

"Today's decision marks a turning point as we move towards achieving great things and creating excellent partnerships between the DWMHA and the MCPNs as well as true collaboration between these parties and with advocates, persons served by our system and their families" according to Frank Ross, DWMHA Board Chairman. "The process to improve our mental health system in Wayne County has been a great task and is long overdue for change. Today is a giant step in the right direction, and I am confident in the decision of the Board. I am pleased that the Authority will continue to affect change in the lives of the thousands of people we touch every day" according to Torn Watkins, President and CEO DWMHA.

The State of Michigan Needs to Do a Lot More

LANSING – John Toppi has lived with scoliosis since he was 17 years old but the condition, which forces him to use a wheelchair, has not stopped him from running his own crafts business for nearly 20 years.

But his story is more of an exception that a rule among people with disabilities in Michigan. A report released today by the Developmental Disabilities Network, or DDN, concludes those with with disabilities are often prepared only for menial work and are sometimes paid less than minimum wage.

These organizations were held to a high standard and had to meet many criteria that proved to our evaluation team that they could meet the needs of the population we service.

Toppi was on hand as the 43-page report was released in the Capitol rotunda. Advocates for disabled workers stood alongside Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter has autism.

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Mental Health System Opens Bidding Process to Serve Thousands

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) remains committed to enhancing the quality of care to over 74,000 people served in Wayne County. We have been charged with the task of re-bidding our system of care by the Michigan Department of Community Health and have taken this opportunity to enhance the quality of service and the level of care given to the people.

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Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities

WAYNE, MI – July 15, 2014 - More than two decades ago, people with disabilities were treated as second-class citizens. They were placed in institutions, had no control over their lives and were at the mercy of their caregivers and the state. Fast forward 24 years and these same individuals are living in homes of their own, working, going to school, making decisions about their budgets, who they want to hire as staff and what they’re going to eat for dinner!

Saturday, July 26 marks the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This was the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in the areas of employment, public transportation, public accommodations and telecommunications.

“The ADA still has a few holes and room for change,” said Andre Robinson, a Peer Mentor at Community Living Services, a non-profit that provides supports for people with disabilities. “But it’s the legislation we, as people with disabilities, live our lives by. That’s how we remain active citizens in the United States.”

The Olmstead Act, which is an amendment to the ADA, celebrated its 15th anniversary June 22nd. This is a ruling that requires states to eliminate segregation of people with disabilities and ensure that they receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

In the words of then president George H. Bush, upon signing the act, “Let the shameful walls of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” His message was meant to assure quality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.

Community Living Services, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Wayne county. CLS is funded through the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency.

For more information contact us at (734) 467-7600 or visit our website at .