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On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Network180 Board voted to approve Mr. Bill Ward as the new Executive Director of Network180, Kent County’s Community Mental Health Authority. Mr. Ward will join Network180 on August 28, 2019, “Today’s Community Mental Health System is confronted with enormous financial challenges throughout the state, but I truly believe CMH’s best days are ahead of us. Network180 is going to lead this effort, building upon the successful system already in place. I am truly honored to be chosen to help lead Network180 into these better days.”
Mr. Ward has over twenty years of professional experience in public service, working on issues within healthcare, public policy and economic development. His career has mainly focused on mental health, public and affordable housing, land use, aviation business development, information systems, and inter-government affairs. In addition to working for the government, Mr. Ward served as a consultant to 14 different governmental entities throughout North America and led a large nonprofit serving the citizens of Wayne and Macomb Counties.
Currently, Mr. Ward is the Executive Director of Southwest Counseling Solutions – a large comprehensive mental health provider in Wayne County serving approximately 6,000 adults, children and families, with an operating budget of $20 million. Southwest was designated by the City of Detroit as the coordinated reentry agency for the homeless population. Previous to Southwest, Mr. Ward served as the Chief of Staff at Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the largest PIHP/CMHSP in Michigan. Detroit Wayne serves approximately 80,000 consumers with an annual budget of approximately $750 million. Ward has held additional executive positions in public housing, university medical school and county government. He co-authored a book chapter on affordable housing for the American Bar Association and taught regulatory seminars on behalf of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.