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Office of Advocate for Children, Youth and Families

Family Community and Partnerships SectionSection Manager – Justin Tate

  • Develop and implement a family-driven, youth-guided approach for partnering with children, youth, and families in the design and implementation of the bureau’s programs and services 
  • Build and maintain relationships with other child-serving systems including advocacy organizations, providers, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice providers (state and county-based), and schools 
  • Build and maintain relationships with other state agencies that provide oversight of child-serving systems such as CSA, SHA, BPHASA, PHA, and MDE
  • Support bureau efforts to coordinate implementation of policy, programmatic, and quality improvement projects in collaboration with other child-serving systems 
  • Support the Clinical Support and Service Navigation Team in making linkages to care in other child-serving systems for children and youth
Patty Neitman

Patty Neitman
Division Director
NeitmanP@michigan.gov

Clinical Support and Service Navigation Section, Section Manager - Stacy Farrell

  • Develop and implement a staffing model and related clinical protocols to support clinical review for children and youth with high-intensity needs 
  • Coordinate with BPHASA, SHA, CSA, and PIHP/CMSHP staff to operationalize the clinical review process and track and respond to emergency situations 
  • Provide clinical guidance to staff within the bureau on policy and programmatic issues related to children’s behavioral health services 
  • Develop and implement a strategy to support local partnerships between behavioral health providers, child welfare agencies, and other local entities in addressing complex cases

Clinical Review for Child Welfare
This document outlines the process for child welfare professionals to request consultation and/or technical assistance on cases involving youth with complex behavioral health needs.
Clinical Support and Technical Assistance Access for CMHSP-PIHP
This document outlines the process for Community Mental Health Service Providers and Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan providers to request consultation and/or technical assistance on cases involving youth with complex behavioral health needs.
Behavioral Health Inquiry Review:
This document outlines the process for youth, parents, and caregivers to request a clinical review of a child’s behavioral health concern.