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Hegira: noun; Journey

Hegira Health, Inc. (HHI) is a private non-profit organization that offers specialized mental health and substance abuse treatment programs to individuals of all ages and primary care physician services. We service more than 10,000 people each year through a comprehensive network of health clinics and behavioral health programs. 

Serving the communities of Wayne County since 1971, HHI is one of Michigan's largest freestanding integrated, behavioral healthcare organizations. It is our goal to ensure the availability of quality, individualized, and rapidly accessible integrated, behavioral and primary healthcare services. We are dedicated to meeting the diversified needs of our community.


Confirming our commitment to excellence, HHI maintains extensive insurance panel memberships, a long history of funding from various agencies and the voluntary continuation of accreditation by the Joint Commission. All service locations are licensed by the State of Michigan and staffed by experienced professionals.


At HHI, we believe health and wellness are best achieved by addressing the whole person, not just the disease or illness. Our service programs are designed to help individuals and families by emphasizing the strengths and abilities of each person. Our services are based on goals of promoting recovery, resilience and improved quality of life.

Mark your calendar for an important panel discussion about helping children cope with traumatic experiences. The December Wellness Talk will premiere on our FACEBOOK page at 6 PM on Thursday, Dec. 16 and will be available on the page for those who wish to view it later.

Our behavioral health experts will be focusing on:

  • Common reactions to trauma

  • How to communicate to your child about a traumatic experience

  • How parents/caregivers can help children recover from trauma

  • How adults can help themselves in the aftermath of trauma


Please share this information with those who might benefit. #HegiraHealth #Children #Trauma #ParentingTips

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On March 18th, Channel 4 WDIV broadcasted a feature about the phenomenal Law Enforcement & Behavioral Health coordination program with Northville Township Police Department & Hegira Health.
Our very own Mobile Crisis Co-Response Clinician, Belinda Mack & Jaime White, Director of Crisis Services speak
about how this service provides real-time support to people experiencing mental health or substance use crises. 

The recent tragedy and loss from the school shooting in Michigan have families searching for answers. Hegira Health's Director of Clinical Development and Crisis Services, Jaime White shares tips on how to take care of yourself and your children after this traumatic event. Check out her interview on WMYD TV-20 Detroit.

The holiday season is challenging for those in RECOVERY from substance and alcohol abuse. Our Clinical Director Melissa Tolstyka provides tips for staying in recovery during an interview with WJBK TV Fox 2 Detroit's reporter Roop Raj.


Everyone has stress. Some stress is good for us and helps us respond to changes in life and adapt to difficult situations, but too much stress can be harmful to our health and relationships. Hegira Health’s Clinical Director Melissa Tolstyka has some good advice in this video for how we might manage daily stress. 


Sometimes stress can be too much to handle alone, and you might need some added support. Our compassionate behavioral health therapists can help—Call 734-793-5026 to schedule an appointment today. We have Telehealth and In-person appointments available. 

Hegira Health Clinical Director Melissa Tolstyka Named

Clinical Professional of the Year!


Congratulations to our clinical director Melissa Tolstyka for being named the Clinical Professional of the Year by NAMI Michigan on August 7!


Melissa was honored for her outstanding achievements in Suicide Prevention at the 4th Annual black-tie NAMI-MI Honors Gala in Midland, MI. She received the Clinical Professional of the Year award from NAMI's Board of Directors.

We are very proud of the leadership, compassion and innovation in providing suicide prevention training and outreach programs led by Melissa Tolstyka. The award is well deserved.”


Hegira Health's CEO, Carol Zuniga




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Congratulations to our Director of Clinical Development and Crisis Services, Jaime White, for being named one of Crain’s 2021 Notable Rising Stars in Health Care!


CEO Carol Zuniga says, “Jaime White’s capability to engage, lead and develop our community’s behavioral health care services could not be better exemplified than in her unbridled success in advancing the recognition, acceptance, and implementation of coordinated law enforcement and community crisis behavioral health services across so many of our communities.”

Jaime is responsible for the 175 staff members serving those dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders in Wayne County. Under her direction, the National Council for Behavioral Health accepted Hegira Health into its trauma-informed care learning community. Hegira Health also earned recognition from the American Association of Suicidology for its work on crisis residential services. 

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Hegira Health CEO Ed Forry communicated last week to Hegira Health staff, “It is with great pleasure and confidence that I announce the promotion of current Executive Director Carol Zuniga to the Chief Executive Officer position on October 1, 2021. The board’s goal is to provide a seamless transition of the CEO's role and authority to Carol Zuniga, who will be fully vested with the responsibilities and authority as prescribed by our board to operate, manage, and oversee all aspects of the corporation.” He added, “As President, I shall continue to provide consultation and leadership in expanding and enhancing Hegira Health’s scope of business, increasing the footprint of Hegira Health, and creating growth and development. I believe this transfer of CEO responsibility and authority to Carol Zuniga will continue to create a strong and viable environment for the future advancement and growth of Hegira Health. Carol is recognized throughout Michigan for her leadership, creativity and knowledge of healthcare programming and funding and brings nearly 28 years of clinical and management experience with Hegira Health to hernew position.”

Hegira Health, Inc., a top behavioral healthcare provider in Wayne County, announces a new corporate structure starting Oct. 1, 2021. Hegira Health CEO Ed Forry worked with his Board of Directors on a succession plan that reconfigures the corporation's executive management. In May, the board unanimously approved the plan, which includes the promotion of Executive Director Carol Zuniga as the new CEO and Ed Forry, who has held the top position for 48 years, continuing in the corporation as President and Vice Chairman of the Board.

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Hegira Health Chairman of the Board Pat O'Neil, Executive Director Carol Zuniga and Current CEO Ed Forry.

Carol Zuniga has more than three decades of experience in the healthcare industry and has dedicated her career to ensuring that quality behavioral health care services are readily available to residents of all income levels across southeastern Michigan. Originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Zuniga graduated from Radford University (Radford, VA), where she completed her MS in Clinical Psychology; and from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), where she received her BS in Psychology. She has been licensed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP) in the State of Michigan since 1987.



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