DWIHN Spotlight

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DWIHN Mobile Crisis Services

"The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) is rolling out a dozen mobile crisis units into communities and neighborhoods to help children and adults in crisis...."

DWIHN Clinical Care Center

The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network is transforming its current location on Milwaukee Avenue, in the heart of the New Center area in Detroit, into a Crisis Care Center. This will be a facility where adults and adolescents can receive short term crisis intervention services. It will add 36 beds to DWIHN’s Crisis Continuum and will be a 24-hour Clinical Care Center. Construction began in Spring 2022 and will be completed by Winter 2023. 


DWIHN Regional Integrated Care Facility

The DWIHN Integrated Care Center Facility will offer a comprehensive array of services for medical, dental, mental health, substance use services, in addition to a 24-7 walk-in behavioral health crisis services center. Strategically located on West 7 Mile Rd between Southfield and Evergreen; the facility would have the capability to serve Wayne County and adjacent communities through a public private partnership which would enable all partners to address behavioral health crises in the tri-county region. The area is geographically desirable with access to major roads and freeways; but still offers regional transportation for vulnerable populations. 

The availability of a 24-hour walk-in crisis assessment center is critical. It has been known and discussed for several years, that Wayne County needs multiple crisis centers to decrease the impact of the stress on hospital emergency departments (EDs) and the outcomes of behavioral health consumers utilizing EDs for non-emergency, through urgent, behavioral health services. 
A Crisis Center can provide:
  • 24-7 Walk-in Crisis Assessment, Treatment, Community Services Coordination
  • 24-hour mobile and telephonic clinical pre-admission review (PAR) and disposition determination
  • Adult community-based face-to-face Mobile Crisis Stabilization 
  • Children’s crisis intervention and assessment services 
Placement services for all levels of care requiring pre-authorization for payment, including Inpatient, Crisis Residential, SUD detox/residential, and transitional housing placements.The facility is slated to open in 2025.
Construction Timeline:

Governor Whitmer Signs Legislation: Click HERE for details


Downriver Communities Crisis Care Center

There are approximately 1.7 million people in Wayne County and according to experts, an area that size should have at least three crisis centers to help children and adults with their mental health and substance use needs. DWIHN is planning to open a Crisis Care Center in the Downriver area in the coming year. Click below link for more information.

 


Reach Us Detroit

Young woman holding cell phoneA collaborative Call Center coming together to reach the community. A text line is available for anyone from the ages of 14 years old. People can receive up to 12 free counseling sessions regardless of insurance status. Call or text 313-488-HOPE. This program has successfully provided virtual therapy services and referrals, resulting in a notable impact on the individuals served. The data reflects a completion rate of 60%, showcasing the effectiveness of our virtual therapy sessions. Participants who accessed our services reported tangible improvements in their mental health and well-being, with individuals reporting reduced symptoms.

DWIHNs dedication to addressing the challenges of accessibility, stigma, and convenience through virtual therapy has not only enabled us to adapt to changing circumstances but also to provide effective, efficient, and impactful services for our community. We are proud of our achievements and look forward to continuing our mission of supporting the mental well-being of adolescents and adults in Wayne County through virtual services.
 

Behavioral Health Organization Launches New Community Mobile App

The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) now offers one more easy way to access its behavioral health services and supports by launching its very own mobile app.

"Having the myDWIHN app is a wonderful opportunity for the community to have access to all of the mental health and substance use services, supports and resources that DWIHN offers," said President and CEO Eric Doeh. "We have been working on this mobile application for over a year and are excited to offer this to people in Detroit and Wayne County who currently receive or who may need assistance on their mental wellness journey."

The mobile app offers multiple features including: finding a mental health or substance use disorder professional in your neighborhood, where mobile outreach community resources can be found, a free mental health assessment, how to donate to member events, professional development training opportunities, transportation, medication assistance and community resources.

The myDWIHN mobile app is available for both Apple and Android phones and can easily be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play Stores.

"When people are struggling with mental health, substance use, suicidal thoughts or disability related concerns, we want the community to know we are here and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Doeh. "You can always reach our Access Call Center Helpline, 800- 241-4949, just tap the 'Help Around Me' button on the app."

For more information, click on the link to the DWIHN website, https://www.dwihn.org/access-mymobileapp

DWIHN is the largest and most diverse Community Mental Health public safety net in the state of Michigan serving 75,000 people with mental illness, substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities and children with serious emotional disturbance. DWIHN works with over 300 Service Provider Partners.

 

Zero Suicide

DWIHN was awarded a $ 400,000/a year grant for five years to launch a Zero Suicide Initiative to eliminate suicides in Wayne County. The program will do this by system-wide culture change, workforce training, comprehensive screening, evidence-based treatment, and care management. The belief around Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable.

Our goal is to launch Zero Suicide evidence-based practices at our direct Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) functions such as the Crisis Services that will be launching soon, as well as across network.

DWIHN will be completing a project plan based on the goals and timelines established in our Project application starting with formation of Zero Suicide administrative and clinical council functions within the next two months. 

We will incorporate all elements of the Zero Suicide model in the form of enhanced screenings,
trainings, enhancements of electronic medical records to assure utilization of best practices.
 


Mental Health Care-Putting Children First

DWIHN provides a comprehensive and integrated array of services/supports which inspires hope and promotes recovery/self-determination for children and teens ages 0 to 21 with Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) and/or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  Children, youth, and families with co-occurring mental health, substance use, and physical health conditions receive services within a System of Care that is:
 
Child’s Hope: The department was the recipient of the Child Advocate Award from Child’s Hope – a nonprofit that promotes prevention of child abuse and neglect in Out-Wayne County.
 
Access: Continued to educate the community, schools, and parents by providing Accessing Community Mental Health presentations within the community.
 
CLS Assessment: Developed a new CLS Assessment Tool to assist as a guide for determining medical necessity for Community Living Support Services.
 
MichiCANS: DWIHN and The Children’s Center coordinated with MDHHS and PCE this year for the MichiCANS Soft Launch Pilot project that will begin January 2024.
 
Service Expansion: This year expanded children’s behavioral health services by adding additional Providers and services:
  • SED Waiver: Starfish, Lincoln Behavioral Services, Hegira Health, CNS
  • Home Based Services: Team Wellness
  • Art, Music, Recreational Therapy: Advanced Therapeutic Solutions
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Expansion Grant: The Guidance Center, Hegira Health   
  • New Juvenile Restorative Program with Team Wellness: A day treatment program that assists with preventing juvenile justice recidivism and offering community-based services specifically to address the high risk needs of youth.    
School Success Initiative

Summary: The School Success Initiative (SSI) is an evidence and prevention-based mental health program provided to students K-12 in Wayne County. The program aims to ensure that students and families have access to services in school, are provided psychoeducation training and are being helped with reducing the stigma related to receiving behavioral health supports and services.

During FY’22-23, Eight Children’s Providers serviced 72 schools. There were 276 new referrals to the SSI program and 344 discharges; in which 74% successfully completed the SSI program.  A total of 392 students received Tier 3 services. 
  • Providers were trained in the new data reporting system.
  • Streamlined the screening and referral process to improve students getting connected to the program; Providers were trained on how to complete screenings.
  • Renewed partnership with Community Education Commission to support the GOAL Line “Get on and Learn” after school program in which 303 students were enrolled. 

DWIHN Summer Youth Employment Program

For the 8th year, DWIHN supported the efforts of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans to provide employment to adolescents over the summer. Through various city and county partners, youth are provided jobs that expose them to a variety of career opportunities, ranging from park ranger to police officer to physicians. This past summer, the youth employment program worked with 13 partnering organizations (Alke-Bulan Village, Charter Township of Van Buren, City Connect Detroit, WSU Bio-Career Advancement Program, City of Belleville, Dearborn Police Department, City of Hamtramck, City of Westland, Downriver Community Conference, Life Builders and Eastside Community Network, Team 84, Charter Township of Redford and City of Highland Park). Due to lingering concerns over the pandemic, some organizations decreased the number of employees, as well as outsourced activities to meet the requirement of social distancing and mask-wearing. The total number of participants, 658 were placed at the partnering organizations. 

Approximately 600 attended a program “Young Professional Conference” in August.  The youth conference presented various topics on building resiliency for behavioral health, self-care, social skills, and employment development.  Topics included: bullying, conflict resolution, suicide prevention, substance use, financial literacy, and employment readiness.  

DETROIT @ WORK Initiative

DWIHN and Detroit@Work which is the city of Detroit Employment program are partnering to help find employment and to connect people to mental health resources if needed.

  


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are an exciting integrated care model that is growing in our community and across the US. A CCBHC is a specially-designated clinic that provides a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use services.1 CCBHCs serve anyone who walks through the door, regardless of their diagnosis, where they live, or insurance status.1 CCBHC clinics are designed to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay, including those who are underserved, have low incomes, have Medicaid, are privately insured or uninsured, and are active-duty military or veterans.2 Today, more than 500 CCBHCs are operating in 46 states.1 DWIHN oversees the CCBHC demonstration in Wayne county. CCBHCs have expanded from one provider to six in October 2023. DWIHN's six CCBHC partners are:
  • Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
  • CNS Healthcare
  • Development Centers
  • Elmhurst Home
  • Southwest Counseling Solutions
  • The Guidance Center
CCBHC focuses on access to care, 24/7/365 crisis response, and close coordination and collaboration with medical health care services. People seeking CCBHC services can contact DWIHN's Access Call Center at 1-800-241-4949 or contact any of the CCBHC sites directly.

DWIHN and City of Detroit Partnerships

  • DWIHN and Detroit Police Department Co-Response Project
    The DWIHN/DPD Co-Response Project continues as DWIHN works with the department and its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officers to identify mental health calls. Weekly DWIHN Co-Response check-in meetings with Team Wellness and CNS were held to discuss complex cases, and coordination of care.  Co-responders had an approximate total of 2,933 encounters, 382 mental health-non-violent, 328 mental health-violent not-armed, 195 mental health-violent armed, 356 suicide in-progress related and suicide threats.  Individuals were provided with various resources for assistance with mental health, substance use, and homelessness. 
     
  • 911 Communications Embedded Behavioral Health Specialist
    Through DWIHNs partnership with the Detroit Police Department this past year, three 911 Embedded Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS) began working at DPD’s Communication Center.  Each assisted with any calls that require mental health support and resources, during the hours of 10am–6pm, 11am–7pm, 9pm–2am (Monday–Friday). There were 287 referred mental health-related calls, all received follow-up support.
  • Detroit Homeless Outreach Team (D-HOT)
    DWIHN collaborated with various partners, Motor City Mitten Mission’s Street Outreach, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization, City of Detroit Police, and provider partner Central City Integrated Health to develop a groundbreaking pilot program that proactively addresses concerns with individuals experiencing homelessness.  The focus is to offer care and support of basic needs, and referral to behavioral and housing services.  The team encountered 1,104 individuals, and 36 were connected to mental health, housing, and emergency shelter.

CIT Gold Program

DWIHN has received the gold program certification in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). 
To learn more, check out the DWIHN CIT website: https://www.detroitwaynecit.org/