Ensuring Every Child, Adult and Family Lives a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Life

For more than 30 years, Development Centers’ services have focused on helping adults and children in and around Detroit improve their lives, when facing challenging circumstances, as a trusted partner in the community. Development Centers believes everyone deserves access to opportunity.

Developing long-lasting relationships is at the core of the support we provide to help children through adulthood maintain a path of long-term success. Whether for quality childhood education, meaningful employment or mental health support, every person who comes through Development Centers’ doors is treated holistically to meet that individual’s unique needs.

Our staff of hundreds of caring professionals serve more than 12,000 adults and children each year with more than two dozen behavioral health & prevention programs, in addition to offering a comprehensive array of varied housing placement services, employment readiness training, early childhood education, and much more.

Each year Development Centers surveys the people we serve to ensure they are receiving the level of support they need and use their feedback to continually improve our programs. In 2020, 88% of those we help reported satisfaction with our services, and the majority reported “very satisfied.” As an agency, we exceed the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) standard of 80%. Here, from the organization that accredits agencies like ours, are the CARF Survey Results.



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 1940s.

At the time of the change in name, Development Centers had a staff of 24 and served 700 clients annually through its three pillars.

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


Annual Reports

FY 2020 Annual Report

FY 2019 Annual Report