ADHD Education Program

Wellplace, Michigan functions as the Access Center for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA). As the Access Center, Wellplace serves as the front door for individuals seeking mental health or substance abuse information and services in Detroit-Wayne County.

Learn About Our ADHD Prevention Program

Program Mission

The mission of the ADHD Preventive Program at Wellplace, Michigan is to promote parental/family understanding of ADHD, to educate parents/families about the disorder, and to provide assistance and guidance to those enrollees and their families who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Program Goals

  • Inform and Educate parents about ADHD
  • Provide parents and/or consumers with information on medications available
  • Assist in the improvement of adaptive function in the target populations
  • Provide a point of contact for obtaining additional information for parents of children with ADHD through the utilization of Information and Referral Specialists.

Target Population

The target population for the ADHD Preventative Health program is enrollees less than18 years of age with a diagnosis of ADHD. As identified in data obtained from MH-WIN, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children 0-17 years of age is a high volume, high-risk diagnosis seen in children based on information obtained from parents contacting the Wayne County Community Mental Health Access Center. In 2011, just prior to the program’s inception, 3,636 children received a clinical screening. Of these, 1,307 or 36% were identified as having a diagnosis of ADHD

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. ADHD is also among the most prevalent chronic health conditions affecting school-aged children.”   The National Institute for Mental Illness indicates that Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. It also affects an estimated 4.4 percent of adults in the United States in a given year. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and very high levels of activity. Studies show that the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing.   Results of a research study compared those behaviors of children with ADHD and without ADHD, indicating a significant increase in negative behaviors.

Management & Interventions

Program Management

The ADHD Preventive Health Program is under the direction of the Program Director, who obtains assistance from Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and its providers, contractors and sub-contractors.  These individuals provide consultation and guidance in their areas of expertise. The Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Access Center (Pioneer Behavior Health) is responsible for managing the day to day functioning of the program. Support staff is responsible for mailing the “ADHD” guide to any individual who has received a diagnosis of ADHD from the Clinical Department.   This guide, along with information from the Provider Directory and information on the appeal process is mailed within 24 hours of the initial diagnosis.    Customer Services, Quality Improvement, Clinical Operations, and support staff provide administrative support.

Program Interventions

This secondary prevention program is based on information obtained from the National Institute for Mental Health and the Center for Disease Control.   Information from the National Institute for Mental Health and the CDC is readily accessible to all Clinical staff to use as research and resources.  Clinicians are able to access this information directly via a designated drive on their computers, receive information and updates on the Preventative Health Program at Clinical Team Meetings and review information posted in the Clinical Call Center.

Wellplace, Michigan mails out the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Guide prepared by the National Institute of Mental Health as well as a flyer for National Resource Center on ADHD.   This resource center provides information on topics such as:

  • Diagnosis of AD/HD (children, adolescents, and adults)
  • Treatment options
  • Educational rights
  • School and workplace challenges and guidelines
  • Tips on parenting, time-management, legal issues, social skills, coaching, and more.

Frequency

  1. Support staff shall be responsible for mailing the ADHD guide to any individual child who has received a preliminary diagnosis of ADHD from an Access clinician.
  2. The ADHD guide is mailed within 24 hours of initial identification upon completion of the clinical screen.
  3. Customer Services, Quality Improvement, Clinical Operation and support staff provide administrative support.

Assessment & Outcome

Feedback is obtained from practitioners and parents/family who receive the program materials through satisfaction surveys. The surveys are used to annually assess the effectiveness and relevancy of the information being provided. The surveys also serve as a means for both parents/family of enrollees and for practitioners to provide suggestions on how to improve the program.