Community Mental Health offers walk in or call crisis 24 Hours a Day (Walk-in services are for those in immediate crisis and cannot wait for an appointment). Visit our Walk-in Clinics Map to get directions to your nearest CMH Building. Crisis services provides crisis intervention, assessment, and screening for voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, or learn the four signs of mental crisis.
Virgil M. Williams Jr., LMSW, is currently the Manager of Clinical Practice Improvement. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University’s School of Social Work, is licensed in both micro and macro clinical practice and has over 35 years of hands-on experience in the field of Social Work.
Before coming to DWMHA, Mr. Williams worked as a Pre-Court Screener, as a Clinical Therapist, and as an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Clinician as well as an ACT Supervisor, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Administrator and as Vice-President for a Mental Health Outpatient Program. Mr. Williams has served as President of Wayne State’s University School of Social Work’s Alumni Board and has served as a volunteer on several local advisory boards.
Mr. Williams is a strong advocate for consumers with severe and persistent mental illness and works closely with local and state regulatory agencies to affect change in the lives of people served. Mr. Williams, remains steadfast in the belief that it is the Consumer’s right to drive his/her own recovery process through a well define holistic person centered plan of care.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
Failure to effectively screen and assess inmates with co-occurring disorders is a major concern in the criminal justice system. As part of the full protocol, an effective screening process should include the following:
While treating people experiencing homeless who are suffering from co-occurring disorders through integrated care is important to recovery, few have access to it. People experiencing homelessness may be isolated or have little to no access to health and behavioral health services, and therefore their health issues may go undiagnosed or untreated. This can lead to chronic homelessness and further deterioration in physical and behavioral health, as well as social and economic functioning.
One way to improve access to integrated care for people experiencing homelessness is to implement integrated screening and assessment throughout the homeless system of care. Integrated screening determines the likelihood that people experiencing homelessness may or may not have co-occurring disorders or whether co-occurring disorders are influencing their presenting signs, symptoms, or behaviors. Assessment is an ongoing process of collecting and organizing clinical information, and interpreting the information on the basis of diagnostic criteria and professional judgment.
People with co-occurring disorders may seek primary care services first before seeking behavioral health services. As a result, primary care practitioners have unique opportunities to identify people with co-occurring disorders through screening. Screening for co-occurring disorders in primary care settings can assist practitioners in recognizing and addressing conditions early. Screening also can serve as a baseline to measure clinical progress.
A variety of screening and assessment tools are available for primary care practitioners. These screening and assessment tools can help determine if the need for further assessment is necessary, provide background on a client’s substance use and mental health disorders and the severity, and estimate how effective they respond to interventions.
Veterans and service members benefit from integrated care for mental and substance use disorders. However, some veterans may not seek medical treatment for one of many reasons, including a fear of being treated differently.
To promote wellness among veterans, service members, and their families, practitioners are encouraged to collaborate with other organizations to develop a training plan in effective integrated care techniques. The following organizations provide guidance on treating PTSD and substance use disorders:
Learn more about Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Kit – 2010 as well as SAMHSA’s efforts to grow the nation’s behavioral health workforce.
Click HERE for Probate Court filing procedures for Involuntary Mental Health Treatment.