The Detroit/Wayne County Association of Substance Abuse Providers purpose is to promote prevention, treatment and recovery services for Detroit/Wayne county individuals and families through empowerment, education and quality service delivery.

Detroit/ Wayne County Association of Substance Abuse Providers
(DWC ASAP) was formed in 2014 to elevate the voice and capital of
agencies providing substance use disorder services throughout Wayne


Our association membership consists of the Presidents/ CEO’s, Executive Directors, and key decision makers of licensed Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers and other agencies and entities with common, shared interests- our expressed purpose.

The DWCASAP Executive Committee and membership has worked tirelessly to effect positive and long-lasting change in the SUD service delivery system. We recognize that our macro-level focus-interfacing with governmental officials, PIHP’s and other entities is the most effective mechanism for system transformation and positive change on a programmatic and individual level.


Although not all-inclusive, some of our accomplishments include:

  • An advocacy campaign that resulted in our SUD service delivery system being removed from the MCPN (Managed Care Provider Network) system that didn’t represent our concerns.
  • Ongoing advocacy for parity and equitable administration between the mental health and the SUD systems of care.
  • Provided annual conferences based on our membership’s expressed interest to additionally educate, inform and strengthen our SUD workforce.
  • Represented our workforce concerns in the 2019 SUD licensing regulations revision process;
  • Facilitated regular PIHP executive leadership meetings to advocate for program level relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact on the SUD service delivery system.
  • Gained a seat at the table to participate with state and federal legislators and MDHHS leadership meetings to ensure local issues are heard by key decision makers.
  • Spearheaded the inclusion of the SUD direct care workers into the MDHHS $2.00 p/hr premium pay initiative that was initially only for the MH Direct Care Workers.

While we are continuing to deal and manage our new “norm” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also directing our energies to the future and tackling the many barriers that block us from being our best and doing the best for the many people we serve. As we march forward, we need your support, participation and active membership in the DWC ASAP. Email info@dwcasap.org whereas you can obtain information and attend our next meeting on Zoom.


Dr. Benjamin A. Jones (President/CEO, NCADD), Chair
Carol Zuniga (Executive Director, Hegira Health, Inc.), Vice Chair 
Andre Johnson (President/CEO, DRP), Secretary 
Dwight Vaughter (CEO, SHAR), Treasurer 
Susan Kozak (Executive Director, Community Care Services)
Joseph Paliwoda (CEO, PNLH, INC.)
Marisalle Arbuckle (Executive Director, Center for Urban Youth & Family Development)


All Well Being Services
Beginning Steps
Center for Urban Youth and Family Development
Community Care Services
Detroit Recovery Project
Elmhurst Home
Hegira Health, Inc.
Personalized Nursing Light House
Positive Images
Quality Behavioral Health
Sacred Heart Center
SHAR, Inc.
Sobriety House
Wellspring Lutheran