A few months ago, it was announced that Community Care Services (CCS) would merge with Hegira Health, Inc. (HHI) to form one of Wayne County’s largest behavioral health care providers. This merger of two community-certified behavioral health clinics is expected to be finalized this month, and it comes at a critical but opportune time.
Mental health and addiction treatment providers in our region and across the country have faced tremendous challenges for several years, including a shortage of behavioral health personnel, an increase in the number of people seeking treatment and funding cuts. This has resulted in behavioral health agencies shutting down or downsizing, and those that are still operating must find a way to not just maintain, but do more with fewer resources.
Hegira means “journey” and we are here to provide support throughout life’s journey and are committed to achieving the well-being of our clients and the community.
With a combined 85 years of experience in community-based integrated primary and behavioral health care, CCS and HHI are joining together to better serve our community. A top priority is to ensure a smooth transition for our customers and staff as we operate as one organization under the Hegira Health name.
Together, we are committed to providing the high standard of care our communities have come to expect with more choices for accessing care with additional treatment locations in West Wayne County and downstream, expanded services and a number increased number of clinicians. More comprehensive mental health and addictions services will also improve access to care and facilitate referrals and transitions to the appropriate level of services.
While CCS provides some outpatient substance abuse services, the merger with Hegira Health will bring an additional range of comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services to our existing clients, including residential treatment, drug addiction and drug treatment through his Oakdale Recovery Center. Additionally, HHI is the crisis services provider for Wayne County.
Emphasis on integrated care
Significant efforts have been made for several years to move towards integrated physical and behavioral health services that strengthen the connection between mind and body. What is commonly referred to as holistic care is essentially addressing and treating the whole person. Mind, body and spirit are intertwined and work with each other. Neglect one or two and we may find ourselves living a less fulfilling and even shorter life than others.
HHI’s Global Health Clinic offers integrated behavioral health and primary care services in a single setting to promote overall health and well-being. Services include physical examination, vaccinations, care for acute and chronic illnesses, as well as nursing and social services. Pharmacy and laboratory services are also available. These health services will all be extended to the current CCS Lincoln Park site. Both organizations have a strong commitment to integrated care and the newly merged organization under Hegira Health will enable the sharing of resources and the expansion of integrated care.
We understand change can be difficult and we’re here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone at 313-389-7500. And to learn more about services and programs, visit www.hegirahealth.org.
Community Care Services and Hegira Health, Inc. are better together as one agency, and we look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Downriver and Wayne County.
About the Author: Susan Kozak has been a Registered Social Worker for 35 years and has served as Executive Director of Community Care Services since 2011 and will be appointed Chief Operating Officer for Hegira Health Inc.