D & M Consultants, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation started in 1986 with two (2) Fairweather Lodge programs. The Fairweather Lodge program is a community based psychosocial rehabilitation program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. These programs, based on the philosophy of Dr. George Fairweather, were pilot programs started by placing individuals in the community from Clinton Valley Center. At Clinton Valley Center, the individuals targeted for placement were part of a Fairweather 'Step Down" ward. These individuals were given the opportunity to step down from restricted ward settings to a ward that would allow them more freedom and inter-dependence. In addition, the individuals targeted for placement worked as a cohesive group, using the principles of Fairweather Lodges to make decisions that would benefit them in the community. A group of nine (9) individuals were placed at Peacock Lodge in Pontiac, Michigan and Bingham Farms Lodge in Bingham Farms, Michigan. Using the principles of Fairweather, these individuals moved into residential homes, opened their own business, Ever-Glo Janitorial, and became incorporated. Currently, D & M Consultants, Inc. has Premier Lodge in Southfield Michigan.
In addition, D & M Consultants, Inc. opened two (2) semi-independent apartment programs (SIPs) in 1987 for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Currently D & M Consultants, Inc. operates an apartment program in Waterford Michigan, as well as three Specialized Residential Programs in Macomb County and one in Oakland County. Additionally, D & M Consultants, Inc. provides staffing support in private residences.
All programs are staffed with 24 hour on-call monitoring. Daily staffing hours may vary according to the needs of the individual served. Services provided include medication monitoring and training, assistance with finances and budgeting, transportation, vocational and employment training, therapeutic and recreational services, among others.
Currently D & M Consultants, Inc. contracts with Oakland County Health Network (OCHN), Macomb County Community Mental Health Authority (MCCMHA), and Macomb Oakland Regional Center (MORC). Additionally, D & M works with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Prisoner Re-Entry Program. D & M also accepts referrals for private pay services.
The D & M Consultants management team together have over 50 years of experience in providing services to individuals who are diagnosed with a mental illness or a developmental disabilty.
Team members have been involved in and participated on various state and national committees, such as the National Coalition for Community Living, the International Association of Psycho-social Rehabilitation, the Michigan Fairweather Issues Group, the Association for Mental Health Services and the Alliance for Mentally Ill, etc.