by Pamela Young, Published July 30, 2010
Eastern Michigan University recently was awarded $1 million by Wayne County for year-one of a University Collaborative Partnership with the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency (D-WCCMHA) for fiscal year 2009-2010.
The D-WCCMHA is the state-designated specialty mental health service provider for Wayne County, and the largest community mental health agency in Michigan that serves a diverse population.
Eastern Michigan University will lend faculty expertise in support of the agency's goals for serving persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance disorders.
Faculty from Eastern's College of Health and Human Services will assist with workforce development and retention activities; expand the use of evidence-based services and best practices; and encourage community engagement in planning.
"Eastern can offer a full range of services to the Agency using faculty and students in field placements and through classroom community service activities," said Joan Abbey, the project's principle investigator.
"What the county officials loved about Eastern is our array of schools here, such as nursing, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and social work, who can work collaboratively to support Wayne County service providers," said Mark Ragg, co-principle investigator.
Eastern Michigan University will help service providers offset state budget cuts through development of grant funded projects and sustainable services and systems that support the Agency's service provider networks.