Major Depressive Disorder 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 Major Depressive Disorder Program

Program Mission

The mission of Wellplace, Michigan’s Major Depressive Disorder Program is to promote consumer understanding of MDD, to provide assistance and guidance to consumers who have been diagnosed with MDD or who are at risk of diagnosing MDD and to educate consumers about MDD

Program Goals

  • Educate the consumer about MDD
  • Improve quality of life and level of functioning of the targeted population

Target Population

The target population of Wellplace, Michigan’s MDD preventative behavioral health program are adult applicants/consumers (18 years of age or older) who have received a preliminary diagnosis of MDD by a Clinician within the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Access Center or who are at risk of developing MDD.

According to NIMH, “Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year”.   Based in data collected during 2011, 8,718 individuals were eligible for Community Mental Health Services in Wayne County, with 42% (3,661) of eligible individuals having a primary diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder.

Management & Interventions

Program Management

The MDD Preventive Health Program is under the direction of the Access 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 (Wellplace, Michigan) is responsible for managing the day to day functioning of the program. Support staff is responsible for mailing the “MDD” guide to any individual who has received a preliminary diagnosis of MDD from the Clinical Department.   This guide is mailed within 24 hours of the initial diagnosis.    Customer Services, Quality Improvement, Clinical Operations, and support staff provide administrative support.

Intervention and Frequency

  1. Support staff shall be responsible for mailing the “MDD” guide to any individual who has received a preliminary diagnosis of MDD from an Access clinician.
  1. The MDD guide is mailed within 24 hours of initial identification upon completion of the clinical screen.
  1. Customer Services, Quality Improvement, Clinical Operation 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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.   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 can 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 information on Major Depressive Disorder to individuals who are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and/or who have risk factors associated with Major Depressive Disorder.

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.  Additionally data collected regarding the members who received the information and attended their ongoing service appointments will be analyzed.