Operation Get Down provides consumers with services and treatment programs on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Our programs require consumers to attend a combination of therapies and classes, including group therapy and didactic lectures that emphasize CBT, or cognitive behavior therapy. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the role that thought and feelings play in our behavior. Motivational interviews also are a centerpiece of therapy, with an emphasis on a person-to-person form of guiding consumers in order to elicit and strengthen motivational factors.

It’s important that family members understand the dynamics at work when their loved ones are in treatment. Family members may actually be co-dependent and still “sick” during a loved one’s residential stay at OGD. Therefore, it’s vital that family counseling is available for consumers, their significant others and family members. Counselors seek to reduce or stop the consumer’s substance use by working through non-using family members and friends. Sessions address issues regarding family communication, parenting and family roles, and attempt to enhance the functioning of the family system.

Case-management services assist and support individuals in gaining access to needed medical, social, educational and other services essential to meet basic human needs. Examples include budgeting and financial assistance, housing assistance, food assistance, clothing help, medical services, vocational and educational services, and recreational opportunities. Case managers also assist individuals in becoming involved with self-help groups, locating social-support networks, developing structure in performing daily activities, and coordinating criminal-justice issues and services.

Urine screens and breathalyzer tests are randomly administered to ascertain each consumer’s level of progress.

Residential Treatment for Men
OGD’s residential treatment program for men provides intensive intervention in a residential setting to promote sobriety and prevent relapse for men dealing with issues of alcohol and drug abuse. The majority of our consumers are adult males who participate in a 45- to 90-day program, which includes intensive substance-abuse and mental-health treatment in individual and group settings; classroom instruction utilizing didactic sessions and a CBT – or cognitive behavior therapy – approach; financial-literacy and career-development education; recreational activities; random drug screenings; and on-site AA & NA meetings. Referrals are made by the City of Detroit Health Department, Bureau of Substance Abuse.

Offender Success Program (OS)
OGD provides services to e x-offenders released from the Michigan Department of Corrections. This population – which represents some of Detroit’s and Wayne County’s most at-risk men – receives individualized case-management services to coordinate reintegration efforts with OGD’s community partners and other agencies. Clients also are assisted with real-life obstacles like obtaining proper identification, applying for appropriate government-assistance programs, resume-writing and job-search help, housing help, and classroom and other educational instruction. The combination of a structured environment, one-on-one interaction with counselors, group therapy, classroom settings and real-world encounters helps ease the transition from incarceration to freedom.

Transitional Housing
This temporary residency program for men lasts up to 24 months while consumers prepare for independent living. Men in this program must be committed to being drug free. Supportive services include case management, individual and group substance-abuse treatment, job training and employment referrals, and housing referrals. Consumers are referred from various sources, including churches, treatment programs and emergency shelters. Walk-in homeless consumers also are accepted.

OS Base Housing
This program serves men seeking to transition to independent living in the community by providing employed mand partially employed returning citizens with much needed support such as case management, short-term housing, budgeting and developing a viable strategy to segue into safe affordable permanent housing.


Emergency Shelter
Emergency shelter services are provided 365 days per year 24/7. Case management, ID restoration, 3 square meals and a host of ancillary services are provided in a team effort with both staff and housing providers to move participants from often chronic homelessness into safe affordable housing. In-house or external navigators are assigned each shelter participant to engage them with complex systems and bring about optimal outcomes.