Bloomfield Hills resident Dr. Bijaya Avasthy Hans,
M.D. has been appointed to Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority’s Board of Directors.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Hans has provided
medical care for veteran service men and woman, many of whom have PTS, substance use, homelessness, and mental health disorders. She is currently employed as a physician in Interventional Radiology at the Department of
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit, MI.
Dr. Hans is also the parent and guardian of a young man who has received services through OCCMHA: “I have considerable experience with the needs of individuals and their families, as well as the important role the agency plays in their lives,” she explains. “I hope to be able to represent the perspective of people with disabilities and their families and have the opportunity to help the community at large to understand the mechanism and
challenges OCCMHA faces in providing services.”
Dr. Hans received her master’s degree from Punjabi
University, in Patiala, India and later completed her residency in the Department of Radiology at Wayne State University. In addition to understanding the biology of mental health and disease, her educational background has helped her to understand the scientific advances made in the field.
As a volunteer board member of Oakland County ARC,
Dr. Hans has firsthand experience in advocacy efforts for people with
Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority is a public mental health system that provides services and supports to approximately 22,000 Oakland County residents, including adults and children with developmental disabilities, adults with serious mental illness or substance use disorders, and children with serious emotional disturbance.
OCCMHA’s network of service providers include: Common Ground, Community Housing Network, Community Living Services, Community Network Services, Easter Seals Michigan, MORC, Oakland Family Services, Inc., and Training and Treatment Innovations. For more
information about OCCMHA call (800) 341-2003 or visit www.occmha.org.