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Welcome to Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services


Darlene OwensThe SUD Unit is led by Darlene D. Owens, Director of Substance Use Disorder Initiatives. She possesses a wealth of experience and leadership skills with over 26 years in the areas of substance abuse treatment services, recipient rights, quality management, youth services and jail programs. She is passionate about her work, has uncompromising integrity and a reputation of protecting client rights. The SUD Unit also has an exceptional Treatment Services Administrator, Judy Davis, and a phenomenal Prevention Services Manager, Karra Thomas.

Information on our SUD Program and Our Approaches to Care-Treatment

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) DWMHA believes that there are many pathways to recovery and that there is no wrong door to receive treatment; each individual is unique with specific needs, strengths, goals, health attitudes, behaviors and expectations for recovery. DWMHA’s Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) offer an array of services in our continuum of care that are available 24 hours/7 days, 365 days of the year by calling our access line at 1-800-241-4949. DWMHA uses informal and formal services to sustain long-term recovery and promote wellness in the individuals we serve and our community. DWMHA provides comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based practices, trauma informed care, gender specific, and a culturally sensitive service array. We serve individuals from 11 years of age to 65+ years seeking help. DWMHA services are holistic, treating a person’s mind body and spirit; our services are individualized, client-centered and work with each person’s strengths, and abilities.

DWMHA has over seventy-five substance use disorders (SUD) providers at 125 locations that provide an array of services. Our continuum of care consist of prevention, treatment and recovery services. Our prevention programs address the reduction in childhood and underage drinking, reducing prescription and over the counter drug abuse/misuse, reducing youth access to tobacco, and reducing illicit drug use. Our traditional treatment consists of: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Detox, Short and Long Term Residential, as well as innovative modes of treatment such as Early Intervention, Medication Assisted Treatment, Women Specialty Services, Relapse Recovery, Peer Recovery Coaches, Case Management, Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Acupuncture, Home-Based Services, Faith-Based Services, Returning Citizens, Obesity and Health Programs, Drug Courts, Recovery Homes, Recovery Activities, and Intensive Wraparound services.

We Are Focused on Serving You!

DWMHA prides itself in providing timely and easy access to care. Our ROSC Model believes in welcoming clients and their families in a seamless and integrated fashion that is open and accepting of their presenting behaviors. Our goal is to improve each individual’s health and wellness and recovery in the community. We treat co-occurring issues as an expectation, not an exception. DWMHA’s ROSC model continues to create innovative programs that are based upon cutting edge evidenced based practices. We believe that there is no such thing as one size fits all.

What you should know....

What are Substance Use Disorders?

Substance Use Disorder Resources

Know Your Rights SUD Brochure 
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Find a Provider

  • SUD Provider List [pdf]
  • DWMHA 4th Annual Faith-Based Initiative Wellness Behind the Walls Conference: "When I Was a Child" Presentation [download]
  • DWMHA & GDAHC 2nd Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit Presentation 2017 [download]
  • DWMHA & GDAHC 3rd Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit Presentation 2018 [download]

Provider Scores

  • SUD Site Visit 2016-2017 PREVENTION Provider Scores [pdf]
  • SUD Site Visit 2016-17 TREATMENT Provider Scores [pdf]


Wayne County Locations for Permanent Disposal of Prescription Medications