Wayne County’s leading nonprofit behavioral health care providers, Hegira Health, Inc. and Community Care Services, have announced plans to merge the two organizations to create a more integrated behavioral health system within Hegira Health Inc. .
Livonia-based HHI and Lincoln Park-based CCS are both designated as certified community behavioral health clinics dealing with mental health and addiction disorders. The merger will make HHI one of the largest behavioral health providers with the most comprehensive service network in Wayne County, bringing the number of treatment centers in western Wayne County and downstream to 11 and bringing the total number of employees to more than 500.
Leaders from both organizations, under the leadership of their respective boards of directors, have come together to explore ways to combine resources and staff to ultimately improve the quality of care for those they serve. Final approval for the merger will come from the Michigan State Attorney General’s office and is expected to be finalized by the second quarter of 2022.
âAs Michigan continues to grapple with the effects of a pandemic and ongoing behavioral health workforce shortages, the need for access to quality health care has never been that big, âsaid Carol Zuniga, CEO of Hegira Health. âThe mission of Community Care Services is directly aligned with that of Hegira Health and we look forward to working with our strong and complementary agencies to advance our shared vision of providing a full continuum of care to more people in County of. Wayne. “
As part of the merger, current CCS employees will be offered positions that will provide more career opportunities within the amalgamated organizations. Once the merger is complete, Zuniga will remain CEO and Susan Kozak, Executive Director of CCS, will become COO of HHI.
âSignificant efforts have been made over the past several years to move towards integrated physical and behavioral health services that strengthen the connection between mind and body and accessibility to care for our consumers,â said Kozak. âCombining our operations, resources, trained staff and best practices with Hegira Health will benefit both agencies, but more importantly, the community as a whole. “
Established over 30 years ago, the Lincoln Park CCS provides outpatient treatment for mental health and addiction disorders. HHI, which was established in 1971, offers both ambulatory and residential behavioral health care in addition to 24/7 crisis care services.