JOAK was formed and incorporated
as a State of Michigan 501-C (3) non-profit organization in December, 1994 with
the purpose of providing various services and supports to individuals with
mental health issues (mental illness and developmental disabilities). JOAK is
accredited in behavioral health, case management, support coordination services
and community housing. With this strong background, we have developed into an ideal mental health organization. We have positioned ourselves towards providing various unique quality services including Residential Services, Supports Coordination, and other mental health clinical services.
The organization has a variety of programs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,
and Washtenaw Counties. These comprise of support coordination
services, behavioral management, licensed Facilities, Elderly programs, Supported Living Programs (SLP) and Children Waiver
Program, which is part of the SLP in Washtenaw County.
Our consumer populations are
diverse. They include children and adults who are Developmentally-Disabled-
(DD), Mentally-Ill (MI), Dual Diagnosis, consumers with
Substance Abuse History, Hearing impaired, Blind, Elderly, Medically Fragile, Physically
Handicapped, Autistic children, children with Cerebral Palsy and Severe Seizure
Disorders. JOAK has a history of providing services and supports to individuals with multiple and intense needs. The organization succeeds very well with individuals that other providers reject or find difficult to handle. This is really one of JOAK’s strength.
JOAK acquired this value from orienting and training staff, as well as understanding that consumers are people with priority concerns or outcomes similar to everyone else, and that consumers are individuals first before they became disabled. This attitude has made our program very unique
compared to other area programs. Many of our consumers/clients have moved away to independent living
facilities, and some moved to less-restrictive living settings. The organization currently provides support coordination services
and behavioral management for consumers with developmental disabilities in Macomb County