Letter from the CEO
Darren W. Hodgdon
There are an estimated 300,000 adults with serious mental illness in Michigan and on any given day they can be found wandering the streets, or in shelters, emergency rooms, jails or prisons. Many have co-occurring substance use disorders, unattended chronic conditions and display challenging behaviors that further compound the adverse effects on their health, wellbeing and society at-large.
Traditional networks and systems of care are not sufficiently serving these adults and their complex needs. Challenging behaviors need new models of care and special skills. They not only need improved access to physical and mental healthcare, but they require specialized services that address their basic needs of safe housing, healthy food, affordable transportation and “connectedness” with peers, caregivers and communities at-large.
Over the last seventeen years, Beacon Specialized Living has delivered compassionate care and exceptional value to individuals with severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, autism, chronic disease and substance use disorders. We offer a variety of well-appointed residential home options throughout the state that provide comprehensive and supportive services matched to the needs of each consumer we serve.
Today, we continue to embrace best practices and evidence-based care and develop innovative approaches to better integrate services that address the “whole person” including their physical, mental, emotional and social needs. We are committed to helping each and every one of our consumers reach their highest level of independence possible and to do this, we are investing in more infrastructure, systems and people.
By providing safe and supportive homes and by engaging with people on terms they establish and willingly embrace, we are achieving astounding results by improving behaviors, medication compliance, daily function and independent living skills. All of this translates into enormous economic value for our communities and the State of Michigan by lowering the total costs of care including frequent hospitalizations, impaired productivity and excessive public safety, social services, and justice system costs.
In closing, I am proud of our entire staff and for the outstanding work they do every day. Together, we are committed to being the leading and preferred provider of choice by consumers, community agencies, families and payors throughout the state.