Prevention Services

ATOD information dissemination and education; community outreach; problem identification; referral services; critical life and social skill education including decision making, refusal skills, and systematic judgment abilities

Suicide Prevention

Why Suicide Prevention

Suicide is an issue that impacts everyone in our community. Suicide Awareness is For Everyone (SAFE). Recognizing signs will save lives. Suicide is a tough subject to talk about. We must begin with being able to talk openly about suicide. Increasing our knowledge and ability to ask directly about suicide, listening, and referring for more help, will guide us toward a suicide safer community.

Please see BFDI in the media! Check out this link to United Way’s blog about BFDI’s Suicide Prevention Trainings and partnership with Jewish Family Service here: United Way Partners Work to Create a Suicide Safer Community - United Way for Southeastern Michigan (

City of Detroit Finding Resolution Everyday through Education - (F.R.E.E)


FREE (Finding Resolutions Everyday through Education) is a public education and information program to prevent substance abuse/addiction, and promote healthy life styles.

Program Goal

To ensure youth and families receive services they need to be successfully released from the juvenile justice system and achieve their personal goals, while ensuring community safety.

Program Services

  • Information Dissemination: Through brochures, speaking engagements, health fairs and health promotion
  • Education: Through small group sessions, parenting and family management classes, and at substance abuse residential settings

  • Problem Identification and Referral: Through the implementation of prevention groups and services that develop awareness in the community.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Detroit-Area children, teens, and adults "at risk" for use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs (ATOD)

    Homeless Prevention


    The Homeless Prevention Program is a program to prevent and reduce the risks of homelessness for residents of Wayne County. The program provides housing assistance to both families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program provides services to qualified individuals in three areas:

    1. Landlord-Tenant mediation services

    A Case Manager establishes a liaison between the landlord and the tenant at risk of eviction, it attempts to reconcile differences and avoid family’s displacement.

    2. Home Maintenance/Repair and Education

    A Case Manager provides hands-on, and referral assistance to address home cleanliness and environmental risks that may result in eviction or the removal of children due to unsafe household conditions.

    3. Housing Resource Development

    A Case Manager assists the family with identifying and pursuing safe, affordable housing.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The Homeless Prevention Program services are available to residents of Wayne County. For further information and referral assistance please contact: Phone: (313) 758-0150

    First Contact / Building Foundations


    Black Family Development, Inc.’s Family Connection Building Foundations Program is a community-based program that provides prevention services for families with children at risk of abuse and/or neglect. The primary goal of the program is to prevent at-risk out-of-home placement. “This program is supported by federal Child Care Fund dollars. BFDI is advocating, with United Way of Southeastern Michigan, to expand the Child Care Fund allocation in Michigan. The advocacy video is here

    Youth Assistance Program (YAP)


    Black Family Development, Inc.'s Youth Assistance "Passport" Program (YAP) is an after school program that assists youth in developing healthy lifestyles, values, and self awareness, by providing Positive Youth Development activities, counseling, homework assistance, cultural-enrichment, structured recreation, and exposure to additional career options. We service specific zip codes on the eastside of Detroit. Referrals are accepted from the community or the Wayne County Prosecutor's office or the Juvenile Assessment Center.

    Program Goal

    YAP's program goals are two-fold: (1) To provide community-based prevention services to youth and their families; empowering them to maintain delinquency-free activities during their daily living at home, school, and in the community. (2) To provide support and growth-inducing life experiences that will prevent involvement in the juvenile justice system.

    Program Services

  • Reintegration of youth in the community
  • Improve independent functioning
  • Refer and Monitor treatment services
  • Educational Monitoring
  • After school support services
  • Advocacy
  • Resources

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Youth must be 7-17 years of age.
  • Youth must reside in one of the following zip codes: 48205, 48207, 48211, 48213, 48214, 48215, 48224, and 48234.
  • Parental/Guardian consent required.
  • Determined to be a risk by Referral Source: Parent, Courts, Police Dept, Teachers, Churches, Jurist, Wayne County community based organization.

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    Our Offices

    • Administrative Office

      2995 E. Grand Blvd
      Detroit, MI 48202
      Phone: 313-758-0150
    • Samaritan Center

      5555 Conner Ave. Ste 1038
      Detroit, MI 48213
      Phone: 313-308-0255

      If it is after business hours, and you need to reach your Case Manager, please call BFDI’s “After Hours” phone number at (313) 330-2849.
    • In School Collaborative Partners

      Brenda Scott Academy
      Ecorse High School
      George Washington Carver
      Grandport Elementary Academy
      Hope Academy
      New Paradigm - University Yes Academy
      Osborn High School
      Ralph J. Bunche Academy
      Ronald Brown Academy
      Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
      University Prep Art & Design: Middle High School
      University Prep Art and Design: Elementary School

    Business Hours

    Our hours of operation:
    24/7 Availability

    Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Weekends: Community Meetings

    On Call Mobile Health Team : 1-844-SEE-HOPE

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