DETROIT — The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority announced it will be changing its name to the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network on Tuesday.
The organization said it made the change to more accurately reflect the direction of the organization, which is taking a more holistic approach to the care it provides to the 75,000 children and adults it serves in Wayne County.
“We are moving more toward the intersection of behavioral and physical health to provide a fully integrated system of care to the people we serve and we wanted our name to reflect the change as well,” said President and CEO Willie E. Brooks, Jr.
“We want people to know we provide services and supports to a wide range of populations including children with serious emotional disturbance, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and individuals with substance use disorder and mental illness.”
The name change will not affect the citizens or the services offered by the DWMHA, a press release from the organization said.
They will continue receiving services by their providers in the locations they are accustomed to and they will still be able to contact any staff at the Authority, while their contact information will remain the same, the release said.
The name change was approved several months ago by the DWIHN Board of Directors. The board said it believes the change will fully encompass all of the services and supports offered by its provider network.
“The timing is right for this change as we are in the midst of a system transformation where we are changing the way we do business by working directly with our Service Providers and offering a more holistic approach to care,” Brooks said. “We are also beginning a pilot project, partnering with one or more Medicaid Health Plans to truly integrate mental and physical health so we can provide the best possible services and supports to people.”
The name change is effective October 1. More information about the organization can be found in this short video.