WMU News

New director named at Substance Abuse Clinic

June 22, 2005

KALAMAZOO--A specialist in behavioral health treatment for adults, adolescents and children will be the new director of the Western Michigan University Substance Abuse Clinic.

David Petts, a former counselor at the clinic, started in his new position May 23. Petts is a limited licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor and certified addiction counselor who has been the program director for the Community Access and Screening Service of Kalamazoo County since its creation in 1990. In that role he was responsible for substance abuse service delivery and referral services for a five-county region.

Petts also has worked as a private practice counselor in Kalamazoo for 15 years. Prior to 1990, he worked as a counselor at WMU's clinic as well as the Kalamazoo County Human Service Department Mental Health Children's Treatment Bureau.

Petts is a current member of a number of state and regional committees, including the Department of Community Health Co-occurring Disorders Task Force, the State-Wide Task Force on Work Force Development for Substance Abuse Professionals and the Michigan Department of Corrections Prison Re-entry Initiative.

He replaces James Kendrick, who retired on Dec. 31. Petts will serve as the USAC director and also holds the title of faculty specialist in the WMU Department of Physician Assistant.

The University Substance Abuse Clinic, located in WMU's Unified Clinics at 1000 Oakland Drive, opened in 1989 and is a state licensed and accredited outpatient substance abuse provider. Substance abuse services are provided by licensed counselors in affiliation with the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. USAC benefits anyone who is experiencing problems with the use of alcohol or other substances, is court mandated for treatment or has a chemical dependency.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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