Operation Get Down works with many area agencies and organizations to ensure that clients are provided with the resources appropriate to their needs. We have reciprocal relationships with many partners, often referring clients among our partnering agencies and we work hand in hand with each other to make sure clients receive the care and services that they need.
Cass Community Social Services Compelled to meet its residents’ needs during the Great Depression, Cass Community United Methodist Church began the community-outreach forerunner of CCSS with bread and soup lines in the Cass Corridor during the 1930s. Besides food, the church provided recreational activities, education and job training, senior-citizen assistance and, of course, spiritual guidance. Serving the chronically homeless has been a hallmark of CCSS and its predecessors.
Through acquisitions and expansion, Cass Community provides activity centers, blood banks, medical services and mental-health treatment and referrals services. In 2000, Cass acquired the Scott building at 11850 Woodrow Wilson, which houses the agency’s administrative offices and several homeless programs – the Women and Family Shelter, a transitional-housing program, Safe Haven, and the Detroit-Wayne County Rotating Shelter.
PATH is a formula grant awarded to states, with nearly 600 local organizations providing PATH services for people with serious mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance-abuse problems who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services include community-based outreach, mental-health, substance-abuse, case-management and other support services. Most states use PATH funds to provide outreach services to contact chronically homeless people unable to connect to mainstream resources.
Team Mental Health Services
Team Mental Health (TMH) has locations in Southgate and in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, only minutes from OGD’s main facility. TMH has provided psychiatric, nursing, case-management, and substance-abuse and therapy services since 2002. TMH professionals visit OGD to perform client assessments, and also provide services at their two locations. Services may include cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and crisis intervention and stabilization.
OGD residents also may be connected by TMH personnel to medical professionals for health-care, vision and dental services. Case managers also help with service coordination, including assisting clients with transportation, housing, employment, community groups and many other services.
Detroit Central City
Detroit Central City Community Mental Health Inc. (DCC) has served the Detroit area for more than 40 years, meeting the needs of more than 4,000 persons annually. DCC provides food, clothing, shelter, employment and treatment services. Founded in the late 1960s as part of the Model City Neighborhood Program, and incorporated in 1971, Detroit Central City is a non-profit agency serving adults who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses – a key indicator in chronic homelessness. Detroit Central City services include assessments and evaluations; case management and support coordination; a clothing room; crisis intervention/emergency services; housing; literacy training; medication review, distribution and management; psychiatric care; employment services; supportive housing; and individual and group therapy.
Michigan Rehabilitative Services
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) is a federally mandated Michigan agency that provides services for people with disabilities to prepare for, attain and maintain employment, self-sufficiency and an independent lifestyle. MRS staff members work with clients – including the chronically homeless and persistently mentally ill – in job exploration, training and placement. MRS counselors are located in each Michigan Works! Office and also operates the Michigan Career and Technical Institute, a post-secondary residential vocational trade-training program.