Behavioral Health Unit

Behavioral Health Unit


Contact information: BHUMgr@wcpc.us

Our Mission:

The purpose of the Wayne County Probate Court’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is to (1) increase the use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) orders for individuals who would benefit from community support and resources, with the intention of diverting those individuals from hospitalization and contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system; (2) to collaborate with key stakeholders in Wayne County through training on the behavioral health processes and protocols pursuant to the Michigan Mental Health Code; and (3) to promote community awareness of behavioral health issues and resources across Wayne County.

What Is Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)?
Assisted Outpatient Treatment is court-ordered treatment for individuals with a serious mental illness and have been determined to be a person requiring treatment. An Assisted Outpatient Treatment order is a civil order that allows an individual to receive mental health treatment on an outpatient basis while living in the community.

What does the BHU Do?

  • Monitors all AOT orders for Wayne County
  • Works with inpatient hospitals and outpatient treatment providers to ensure a smooth transition from hospitalization to community treatment
  • Monitors compliance of individuals while on an AOT order
  • Processes mental health petitions, transport orders, guardianships for individuals with a developmental disability and all paperwork associated with those cases
  • Provides training to mental health stakeholders in Wayne County

News
Wayne County Behavioral Health Pilot Project Helping ‘Familiar Faces’ in the Justice System (michigan.gov)

Resources
Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) Toolkit - Center for Behavioral Health and Justice - Wayne State University
Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (dwihn.org)
NAMI Michigan | National Alliance on Mental Illness - Michigan's Voice on Mental Illness

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