New director named for substance abuse center
Aug. 30, 2007
KALAMAZOO--A licensed psychologist who has specialized in behavioral health outpatient treatment services for people with substance use and mental health disorders is the new director of the University Substance Abuse Clinic at Western Michigan University.
Thomas Blackmon comes to WMU from his position as a manager with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Office of Substance Abuse Services. He has a master's degree from WMU in counselor education and counseling psychology and has spent the last seven years working with the MDOC. He has experience with contract management as well as resource management both within the MDOC and in community-based behavioral health settings.
His most recent experience has been the management of the placement of offenders in residential substance abuse treatment programs. In addition, he has considerable expertise and success in the planning and development of regional and statewide service delivery systems for substance use and mental health services. He has also delivered technical assistance and training designed to address a wide range of issues including contract compliance; clinical oversight and patient management; assessment and diagnosis; and services to people with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Blackmon began as the director of the University Substance Abuse Clinic earlier this summer.
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