CEO Corner

Eric Doeh, CEO and President

Board of Directors Names New CEO to Lead Michigan’s Largest Behavioral Health Organization

DETROIT, MI-- August 18, 2021 -- The CEO Search Committee of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network’s (DWIHN) Board of Directors, began a national search in February 2021 through the Hunter Group for a qualified and capable CEO/President to lead our organization. After a thorough search that yielded nearly 100 candidates, interviews with the top four candidates were conducted that included panelists from our provider network, advocacy groups, staff and persons served. It was the decision of the CEO Search Committee to present one final candidate as its recommendation for CEO/President.  

The DWIHN Board of Directors, in a unanimous decision, has named Eric Doeh as the organization’s new CEO/President. 

“We are very pleased with the choice of Mr. Doeh to continue leading DWIHN and we feel confident that he is the right person for the critical job of leading this organization and our mission to help our region’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Board Chairman, Chief William T. Riley III.

Eric Doeh will continue overseeing all day-to-day operations in conjunction with his Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Doeh joined DWIHN in June 2017 as Chief Network Officer/Compliance Officer and went on to serve as Deputy CEO. As CEO/President, he will lead the organization in its mission of providing exemplary integrated behavioral health services and supports to over 75,000 people in Wayne County; last year alone DWIHN served nearly 200,000 individuals throughout Wayne County. 

“I am grateful to the Board for putting their trust in me to continue to lead such an outstanding organization,” said Doeh. “I will continue to do my best to ensure the health and safety of the people who we serve each and every day. My commitment to quality, service, care and transparency in everything we do is my utmost priority.”

Mr. Doeh will continue to oversee DWIHN’s new Community Crisis Center, the organization’s partnership with the Detroit Police Department and the city of Detroit’s Housing Department Behavioral Health Co-Response Pilot program. DWIHN’s organizational efforts remain paramount with providing Crisis Intervention Team training to law enforcement agencies in over forty Wayne County cities. The robust DWIHN Provider Network allows choice for people in need of services throughout Wayne County. These services will be enhanced by the implementation of Behavioral Health and Opioid Health Homes, DWIHN’s School Success Initiatives and DWIHN’s newly formed partnership with Wayne Health and Ford X’s mobile unit outreach program. All initiatives are being done to enhance customer experience, provide additional community services and bring added value to the people we serve.

Mr. Doeh was an instrumental force in driving our System Transformation plan to successful outcomes for the people we serve; and remains committed to work with Federal and State governments to ensure that healthcare dollars are spent efficiently, accurately and responsibly. He maintains staff integrity to ensure that projects are completed and goals are achieved.   

He served as Deputy Chief Assistant for the United States Attorney’s Office; as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; and as Assistant Attorney General in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. Doeh was also recently appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Mental Health Diversion Council, he is a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health, Michigan’s Crisis Intervention Team Stakeholder Committee and the Wayne County Jail Diversion Council.

Eric studied Political Science and English at the University of Michigan and receiving his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit School of Law, a Lecturer and Presenter at the University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State College of Law, and Law Enforcement Agencies in Michigan. He is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee, National Bar Association and Wolverine Bar Association. He also serves on the Center for Health Law & Policy Advisory Council for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

DWIHN Guiding Principles

Consumer & Community Focused; Data-Driven; Evidence-Based
  • We exist to serve and support individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Everything we do should be towards that end. We must always ask ourselves: "How does this action help people who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled or have substances use disorders?
  • Providers are our partners. There will be open communication, mutual respect and accountability between us.
  • Communication amongst our board, staff and providers should always be open, direct, respectful and timely with no surprises.
  • Integrity and honesty is key. Don’t do it if you would not want your mother to read about it in the newspaper or see your face on the news.
  • We are a data driven organization. We must strive to be the “Sgt Friday” of behavioral health organizations providing “just the facts”.
  • We will strive to follow best practices in all we do.
  • Service is our mission. While we are a data driven organization, the data is always to be used to support the people we serve.  We will never lose sight that behind the data is someone’s mother, father, sister or brother…real people with real needs.
  • Team work. Together, we are better!
  • Our decision-making process must be open, transparent and in accordance with the law. We will strive to appropriately engage internal and external stakeholders in all we do. There is a time for participation, input, feedback, discussion and debate – but not as a delay tactic for making decisions and producing results.
  • Fiscal Integrity.  If it was your money (it is our tax dollars after all) would you spend it this way?
  • Quality not politics will guide our actions.
  • We will strive to be the best in all we do. We need to constantly ask ourselves: “Are we providing the level of care and support we would want for our own families?”
  • We must hold ourselves and others accountable and responsible for our actions. We are individuals, but one "Network," striving to do our best to serve and support the consumers residing in Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan.
  • Process is important as an efficient and effective pathway to results. We must constantly seek to be better for the sake of our consumers.
  • We will lead change that produces progress and results.
  • We will treat EVERYONE with Dignity and Respect.