January 7, 2019 | Wolverine HS | Annual Report
LETTER FROM THE CEO
Hello and Welcome to Wolverine Human Services!Since 1987, Wolverine Human Services (WHS) has become the largest child welfare agency providing treatment services to children and families of Michigan. Our Founder, Robert E. Wollack, MSW, began WHS after working in a variety of settings. Through his research and experience, Robert developed a treatment model that he believed would provide the best possible outcomes. After opening the flagship program on February 4, 1987, St. Jude’s Home for Boys, Wolverine Human Services has grown significantly and has developed a vast array of treatment programs.
We currently have 19 different Treatment Programs at six sites, and four foster care and adoption offices. Our Residential Treatment Programs include secure and non-secure facilities for both males and females in Residential Foster Care, the Juvenile Justice system, and those in need of treatment for Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse. Our Community Based Programs include Foster Care, Adoption, Independent Living, and Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care. We are a statewide agency having served children from all 83 counties in Michigan. We also now provide secured treatment to children from other states throughout the country.
We have achieved our success by being flexible and taking calculated risks. We have been asked over the years by the Department of Health and Human Services and counties to develop programs to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of your youth in crisis and we have been able to accomplish that.
Our latest challenge was to incorporate Evidence-Based Treatment Practices to meet the needs of youth who have experienced trauma and are diagnosed with Behavioral Health Disorders. Partnering with The Beck Institute for Cog-nitive Behavioral Therapy and Indiana University, we are finishing a five-year project, being the first residential agency to integrate the model into our treatment setting with fidelity and integrity. All staff, from cooks to therapists, are CBT competent in core skills to create a true CBT embedded residential program. This is the first of its kind and we aren’t just saying we practice these skills, we are applying these skills every single day.
In the field of child welfare, things are always changing. At Wolverine Human Services, we want to be the model for the change that is to come. We are truly dedicated to our children and their families and are always striving to be the very best we can be. By dedicating ourselves to the needs of any child and any parent at any time, we truly are Helping Children to be Victors!
Judith Fischer Wollack, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer, Wolverine Human Services