Published on May 1, 2018

Hello All DC Staff:

 I want to begin my first day as CEO to greet you all and thank you again for your continued service to all of our consumers, participants and children and families.

It is a honor and privilege to be in this position and I hope to work with you to continue DC success!

 A couple of things that I want to share today include over these next few months I plan to visit all the programs and participate in your program meetings.

I want to hear from you about your experiences and goals and what you want next for Development Centers.

I also would ask that when possible that you participate in the strategic planning process so that we hear from as many staff as possible as we look to change and adjust our course over these next few months.

This is a time of much change including challenges and opportunities and that is true no matter what program you are in – Behavioral Health, PATH, Head Start, Early Childhood, etc.

I appreciate your efforts and know that I am here to listen and act on behalf of you, our persons served and the community.

Have a good day and thank you,


Catherine L. Liesman, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer



Development Centers was incorporated in 1983 as a 501c3 nonprofit from the result of a merger between two long-standing agencies: The Children’s Orthogenic Center and Phoenix Place. As such, we have a combined history of providing behavioral health services to children and adults in Northwest Detroit that extends back to the mid 1940’s.

At the time of the change in name, DC had a staff of 24 and served 700 consumers annually through its 4 programs.

Over the years as the growing number of individuals and families requesting services has increased, and as the diverse needs of our community continuously evolved, Development Centers has always responded to meet these challenges.

Today we have a staff of over 350 dedicated professionals and are now providing assistance to more than 11,000 consumers each year through our present listing of over 25 behavioral health & prevention programs …all in addition to offering a comprehensive array of varied housing placement services, employment readiness training, early childhood education, and much more!