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Hegira Health Celebrates 40 Years in Crisis Services

Hegira Health Executive Director Carol Zuniga and Michigan Senator Dayna Polehanki at 40 Years in Crisis Services Celebration

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State and local leaders attend the event at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI on Sept. 20, 2021

We are proud to be delivering the most comprehensive behavioral health crisis service array in Wayne County.”
— Carol Zuniga, Hegira Health Executive Director
LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, September 22, 2021 / -- Hegira Health, Inc., a top behavioral healthcare provider in Wayne County, held a 40 Years in Crisis Services Celebration at Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan, on Sept. 20. More than 80 community leaders and elected officials attended this in-person breakfast event. Attendees included area judges, city leaders, mental health advocates, regional healthcare leaders, the executive team from the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) and their board of directors, law enforcement representatives from the Wayne County communities of Canton, Dearborn, Northville Township, Northville, Wayne, Livonia, and Inkster.

Hegira Health has been a leader in behavioral health crisis services for 40 years. The organization’s Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) Center is an essential program for Wayne County crisis services. The following options are included these services:

 24/7 Walk-In Evaluation and Treatment
 23-hour Extended Observation and Treatment
 Pre-Admission Review and Level of Care Determination Community Resource Coordination
 Mobile Crisis Stabilization
o Community-based Stabilization Team
o Suicide Prevention Team
o Post-Overdose Rapid Response Team Law Enforcement Partnerships
 Law Enforcement Partnerships
o Co-Response Teams
o Discrete Crisis Respite Services for First Responders
o Training and Wellness Checks
 Critical Incident Stress Management
 Crisis Residential Programs

Guest Speakers and Awards from the celebration event included the following:
Speaker: Chief William T. Riley III, City of Inkster Chief of Police
Presentation of Outstanding Community Partner Award
Honoree: Northville Township Police Department

Speaker: Kevin Fischer, Executive Director NAMI-MI
Presentation of Crisis Services Advocate Award
Honoree: Dr. Jennifer Peltzer-Jones, Asst. Medical Director of Emergency Behavioral Services, Henry Ford Health System

Speaker: Dr. William Beecroft, MD, DLFAPA, Medical Director
BCBSM Behavioral Health, Strategy and Planning
Presentation of Service Longevity Award
Honoree: Dr. P.G. Vijayakumaran, MD, Senior Psychiatrist
Hegira Health - Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) Center

Hegira Health's Executive Director Carol Zuniga said, "42 years ago, with thousands of persons that had spent many if not most of their lives in state psychiatric institutions being discharged into community settings, and thousands more expected, the Psychiatric Intervention Center, now known as COPE, was founded. We started based on a need and our desire to be the solution." Zuniga added, "We are proud to be delivering the most comprehensive behavioral health crisis service array in Wayne County."

Hegira means JOURNEY, and we provide support along the journey of life. We believe life’s pleasures and achievements are maximized after achieving WELLNESS FIRST. Our celebration was a great success, and we appreciate our law enforcement partners and other members of our crisis service teams.

Carol Zuniga
Hegira Health
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