The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

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(313) 833-2500 or (313) 344-9099

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707 W Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI 48202

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The purpose of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority is to ensure support, care and treatment services to adults with mental illness, individuals with developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbances and persons with substance use disorders and their families so they can make choices in care, live in the community and achieve desired outcomes through individualized health goals.

 Autism Programs and Services:

If you are concerned your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) we can help with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is an intensive, behaviorally-based treatment that uses various techniques to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the communication, social interaction, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors that are typical of ASD. Each child will have an individualized Intervention Plan that breaks down desired skills into manageable steps to be taught. These services are intensive and can be provided either in the home or in a clinic setting. ABA interventions require parent/guardian training and participation. ABA focuses on increasing:

  • Language skills

  • Social skills

  • Communication skills

  • Following instructions

  • Peer interactions

  • Academic/cognitive skills

  • Following typical daycare/classroom routines

  • Self-help and daily living skills

Step 1: Complete screening for ASD is completed by the child’s primary care physician or the DWMHA Access Center (800)241-4949.

Step 2: Complete the Diagnostic Evaluations to verify the child has ASD.

Step 3: Complete Assessments and Develop the Plan of Service by assessing the strengths of the individual and develop goals the individual will focus on during the ABA services with the family and team.

Step 4: Begin ABA services with ABA Behavior Technician / ABA Aide:

 Children's Initiatives:

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority provides a comprehensive and integrated array of services/supports which inspires hope and promotes recovery/self-determination.  Children, youth and families with co-occurring mental health, substance abuse and physical health conditions receive services within a system of care that is:

  • Community-Based

  • Family-Centered

  • Youth-Guided

  • Cultural and Linguistically Responsive

  • Trauma Informed

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If you or a loved one is struggling and needs immediate help, you can call the 24 hour helpline at: (800) 241-4949
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5 PM

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