Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Wellplace to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Wellplace.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Major Depressive Disorder

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.

One of the most prevalent and debilitating mental health challenges facing adults is that of Major Depression. The Wellplace, Michigan Access Center acknowledges the devastating effects that Major Depressive Disorder can have on those who suffer from it as well as on their families and loved ones. Research has concluded that major depression affects up to 12% of men and up to 25% of women. It has also been able to determine that of those individuals with a diagnosis of major depression, less than 40% receive treatment, and of that group only 21% receive what is considered to be adequate treatment. Also, the National Institute of Mental Health considers Major Depression to be the leading cause of disability in individuals ages 15-44.

Even though it is a common disorder, depression still goes unrecognized and untreated in the vast majority of people who experience it. A 2008 study looking at concurrence between physician diagnosed depression and individuals who had scored positive on a depression screening, found that close to 70% of cases went undiagnosed. Given the probable high rate of undiagnosed depression, coupled with the fact that most people with depression go untreated, there is more than ample support for Pioneer Behavioral Health Access Center’s decision to focus on Major Depression as the target of its prevention program.

Wellplace, Michigan Access Center has made a commitment to help educate its members about the signs and symptoms of depression and to help determine whether or not they may be suffering from this illness, as well as receive the necessary treatment.

Targeted Group & Access

Wellplace, Michigan’s Depression Screening is open to all plan members and is available through its website. Educational material is provided highlighting the signs and symptoms of depression. Also available is a seventeen question self-administered and self scoring depression screening. Members who screen are given immediate feedback which will consist of an indication of no depression, or differentiates between a mild, moderate, or severe presentation. Members who wish further information, assessment, or treatment are referred to Wellplace, Michigan Access Center’s toll free number to schedule an appointment with a licensed clinical professional. The numbers are (800) 241-4949 or (313) 224-7000 and TTY (866) 870-2599.