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Wellness Unit

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Wellness Unit


The Wellness Unit supports the wellness of the MDOC community and the well-being of those who serve.

The unit responds ONLY to employees, retirees, and MDOC staff family members and is unable to respond to inmate related questions or concerns.

Those wishing to contact the MDOC regarding an inmate will find information on our CONTACT MDOC page. 


From your Wellness Unit,

During this unprecedented time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the MDOC Wellness Unit is here to assist you and your loved ones. This is an unsettling and uncertain time for many. Wellness Unit staff are available by phone with Wellness Coordinators ready to confidentially support you during this time. We offer crisis response 24/7, if needed, and can assist you with brief counseling or wellness strategies to help you or your family members begin to cope with the day-to-day stressors during this time. Please see our contact information below.

In addition, Employee Services Program (ESP)has social workers who are available for phone and video Skype contact Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. They can assist you with locating a mental health professional who has teletherapy services capabilities. From the privacy of your own home, you can speak to a licensed mental health support person. Insurance provider information for Telemed services is available on the State of Michigan Employee Telemedicine Benefit Chart

We value your commitment, sacrifice, and service to the public safety in the State of Michigan.  We do not pretend to know all the answers, but we certainly would like to help where we can. Your well-being is important for yourself, your family, and your colleagues.  A part of staying healthy is to know you are not alone in this.  We are dedicated to providing support to you and your family members.  As our Chaplain Coordinator, Lloyd Scharer, respectfully states, “We can all use a little help sometime.”

Thank you for your service.

We will get through this.

Contact the MDOC Wellness Unit:

Services Available:

  • 24/7 Crisis Response
  • CONFIDENTIAL consultation
  • CONFIDENTIAL Brief Counseling
  • Wellness training and educational opportunities

You can also call:

  • 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or Suicide Text Line: 741741

Additional resource information:

As we all work to understand and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) it is natural to feel an increase in stress or apprehensions. For some, the worry related to the situation may be particularly strong or difficult. The CDC has a comprehensive resource devoted to the mental health aspect of coping with the Coronavirus pandemic. You may also call the Wellness Unit to talk confidentially about your experiences and coping strategies. We are, as always, here for you!

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Work/Life Services is available to help State of Michigan employees and their eligible family members manage the demands of work and personal life. The Work/Life Services webpage offers a variety of services dealing with family, childcare, eldercare, physical fitness/wellness, mental fitness, financial services, domestic violence and legal services.

The Employee Service Program (ESP) offers services to state employees who are experiencing work-related problems, or personal concerns that are affecting their work. Any employee or their eligible family member who needs further assistance with work/life challenges can contact ESP to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment with an ESP counselor. All contact and participation with ESP is confidential, voluntary and free of charge. Offices are open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday thru Friday (excluding state holidays). Additional information on the ESP program can be found here.

Lansing office: 517-284-0137
Detroit office: 313-456-4020
Toll-free: 800-521-1377

The Michigan Department of Corrections is home to Handel, a Golden Retriever trained to support MDOC employees through the Wellness Unit.
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