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Andrea SmithAndrea Smith currently serves as Director of Clinical Practice Improvement with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. As Director, she is primarily responsible for the oversight, development, implementation, and monitoring of clinical service models to align them with evidence-based, best and/or promising practices while assessing workforce needs, and strategically planning and implementing ways to address the gaps through training and Grantsmanship. She has ten years of experience int he field of health and human services.

Andrea is certified by the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Institute as a QPR Instructor, focusing on suicide prevention and awareness. She is also certified by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, with certification to teach the Adult, Youth, Military, Veterans and Families, Public Safety, and Higher Education Curricula for various groups to provide an introductory overview of behavioral health issues that they may encounter in the community or at work. (learn more)

Andrea has made an incredible contribution in overseeing our Mental Health First Aid training to over 10,000 individuals in Wayne County which has garnered us national recognition.

About Clinical Practice Improvement.....

The staff of Clinical Practice Improvement provides on-going consultation to other Authority Units, as well as clinical oversight of the entire provider network. Each clinical staff is dedicated to ensuring appropriate services and supports are provided to consumers and their families based upon their individualized needs and choices.  

Clinical Practice Improvement also provides direct oversight of many specific programs and initiatives designed to ensure effective service delivery for consumers diagnosed with serious mental illness/co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders; children and adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities; and children with serious emotional disturbances.

These programs and initiatives include, but are not limited to: Integrated Health Care; Oversight of the Comprehensive Block Grant for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH); Clinical Management of the Habilitation Waiver Supports and Children’s Waiver Programs; Facilitation of Medicaid Fair Hearings for the provider network;  Oversight of the Mental Health Court and the grant funding for expansion of mental health court services through a grant from the Bureau of Justice.



Responsibilities for this Unit also includes assisting in the development, implementation, and monitoring of clinical service models to align them with evidence based, best and/or promising practices while assessing workforce needs, and strategically planning and implementing ways to address the gaps through training and Grantsmanship:

Workforce Development
Monthly trainings are provided in evidence-based, best and/or promising practices. Topics may include mental health awareness through Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), suicide prevention through Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), as well as  continued education credits and training in the areas of trauma and co-occurring disorders. Conferences and other workforce events focusing on the care of adults with severe mental illness are originated and executed through the Clinical Practice Improvement Department as well.
Fidelity Monitoring & Technical Assistance
The aim of this area is to be the standardization and improvement of integrated treatment services throughout the Detroit/Wayne County region for persons with severe mental illness. Members of the team conduct site visits of provider programs to collect baseline and performance monitoring data to contribute to clinical practice improvement.
Grantsmanship & Program Evaluation Support
Our team is designed to help organizations shape program ideas, find grant resources, and provide support letters for grant proposals. Online support in the areas of grantsmanship and program evaluation 101 are available here. Take a look at the contents below to find information on all aspects of grant writing.
Research Advisory Committee
The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding all research and evaluation conducted which proposes to involve services consumers and/or providers in the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's (Authority) service system to ensure that the research conducted does not place an undue burden on, or otherwise negatively affect, stakeholders.

Supplemental sources of content material:

Click here for evidence-based and promising practices across adult and child populations.

Click here to supplement adult MI program & service content.

Click here to cross-reference so that all important Medicaid-mandated services are properly represented and described.



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