CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s mission is to educate, link and support individuals, families, businesses and communities affected by family concerns, workplace challenges, mental health conditions and the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Our goal is to promote substance abuse prevention in the community, generate pathways for those seeking treatment and provide programs that help individuals rediscover their purpose as human beings.
CARE of Southeastern Michigan (CARE), incorporated in 1977, provides programming that assists families in developing skills that foster mentally healthy and responsible children. CARE offers skill building programs in all 21 Macomb County school districts, the five Grosse Pointe communities and Harper Woods. The organization is the largest provider of parenting education in the State of Michigan and is funded with substance abuse prevention federal block grant and Macomb Intermediate School District Great Parent allocations. In addition, CARE is Macomb County’s Access Management System providing psychosocial clinical assessments, access to treatment and case management services for those low income and Medicaid eligible residents seeking substance abuse treatment. Other programs include case management services, school based substance abuse prevention programming, educational classes, and employee assistance. Each year over 15,000 people are impacted by the agency’s services.
CARE recognizes the importance of providing high quality programs to meet the needs of the community. The agency voluntarily submits itself to CARF accreditation, a rigorous process that examines quality, effectiveness, outcomes, and efficiencies. In 2011, the agency was awarded a three year accreditation, the highest level possible.
CARE is widely recognized as a substantial community partner. CARE is a member of 15 networks including the Tri-County Community Coalition and its annual Tri-County Prevention Institute for Alcohol & Other Drugs; the Michigan Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Task Force; Macomb County Human Services Coordinating Body and its subcommittees including the Children’s Early Intervention Support Services; Youth Council and Local Inter-agency Coordinating Council; Children’s Resource Network; Macomb Homeless Coalition; Juvenile Officers Association; Macomb Prevention
Some of CARE's highlighted programs include:
Case Management Programs:
SOF: (Supportive Opportunities for Families) is a program that works with at risk families who have children under the age of 5. The case managers make weekly/bi-weekly home visits and provide families with referrals and resources as well as ensuring safety and education and providing basic needs. These families are typically referred by CPS/DHS.
SASS: (Substance Abuse Supportive Services)The SASS program works with parents who are involved with CPS or Foster Care due to the use of alcohol and/or drugs. SASS case managers help reduce barriers to engaging in substance abuse treatment. SASS case managers show up at court for clients, family team meetings at DHS with clients, and meet them monthly to discuss goals and progress in treatment. SASS case managers work with the client’s until their case is successfully closed.
WFS: (Women and Family Services) assists women who are receiving treatment for alcoholism or other drug dependencies and who need help with additional services. The goal is to link women to resources that will help them be successful in their recovery. This can include assisting them in finding affordable housing, car repair, child care, or employment opportunities.
Methadone: Provides immediate and ancillary services to clients who are attending MCOSA funded methadone treatment facilities. Case Managers meets with clients at treatment agencies, within the community, and at our agency for case management services such as, assessing needs and linking clients to appropriate resources. They also completes Access Management Systems Screenings and provide the community, businesses, families, and other professionals necessary information and referrals.
Project FOCUS: Project FOCUS is a camp for youth ages 6-15 that have been affected by a loved ones addiction. Participants learn that they did not cause it, cannot cure it, but they can take care of themselves my making the right choices and celebrating themselves. The camp is held during the summer in a two week daily session as well as during the winter in weekly meetings.
Student Assistance: The purpose of this project is to provide a one time assessment and referral to services for students in Macomb County who may be struggling with mental health disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral issues or alcohol, tobacco and/or other drug abuse. This service supports the funding priority of “Access to Care.”
Access to Treatment: CARE acts as the access center for treatment for Macomb county. Individuals seeking assistance that are uninsured, underinsured, have Medicaid or Medicare or even hold private insurance may receive an assessment and treatment referral through our call center and clinicians. This includes treatment for mental health or substance use concerns.