Head Named Interim Deputy Director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration

Contact: James McCurtis, Jr. (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

March 12, 2008

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director Janet Olszewski has named Michael J. Head interim deputy director for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration effective Monday, March 17.

"Mike brings more than 30 years of experience to the public mental health and human services field," Olszewski said. "Under his leadership, our Mental Health and Substance Abuse division will continue to ensure that our citizens are served with the care and treatment they deserve."

Mike currently serves as Director of the Office of Long Term Care Supports and Services. Head has served as a clinician, an administrator, a legislative specialist and as a leader in public policy and systems change at the state and local agency levels. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University.

Head began his career in state government as a mental health consultant to the Michigan Legislature in the 1970s and subsequently for former Michigan Governor William Milliken. He served as Executive Director for two Michigan community mental health programs, and was extensively involved in shaping policy for Michigan's community placement programs and with the design and financing of Michigan's community mental health system.

Head, 60, is a resident of Dexter Township in Washtenaw County.