Community Education Digest
January 2018
Welcome to our Community Education Digest! The aim of Ozone House's Community Education Digest newsletter is to connect our community's resources and services with the youth and families who need them most. Each month, the Community Education Digest highlights an Ozone House program along with related resources in our community. Many of these resources can also be found in the Ozone House Info Cards shown below. 

This month we highlight our Counseling Services.

Ozone House Counseling Services
Olga Prushinskaya
Resources for Youth in our Community
The Education Project
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Ozone House Counseling Services

Ozone House's counseling services are free and confidential. Our licensed Social Workers provide crisis intervention and individual and family therapy. Counseling services are available to any youth ages 10 - 20; if a youth is 14 or older they are able to access counseling without parental consent. Counseling support is also an integral part of our SafeStay program and then continues for up to three months after youth exit shelter. If you know of any young people dealing with any of the following issues or others, please support them in contacting the Ozone House crisis line 734-662-2222.
  • Conflict with family
  • Thoughts of running away
  • Conflict with friends or other people at school
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Desire to make changes in behaviors, but don't know how
  • Concern about relationships not being safe or healthy
Whether youth are participating in residential services or just need a safe place to talk, counseling support is available. To learn more, visit the Ozone house website or contact our crisis line at 734-662-2222
Meet Olga Prushinskaya

Olga joined the Ozone House team in August and hit the ground running. As the Program Evaluation and Grants Manager, Olga is involved with every area within the agency. Olga is originally from Russia, but moved to Michigan when she was nine and has lived in the state ever since. Ozone House is Olga's first venture into the non-profit world. At Michigan State, she studied microbiology and spent the past few years doing research in a variety of areas spanning cystic fibrosis, sexual and reproductive health, kidney disease, chronic disease management, and breast cancer.  Olga has carried her love of research and data into her work at Ozone House.

As the Program Evaluation and Grants Manager, she is constantly researching and learning more about each program and the best ways to support the amazing front-line work being done to help youth. She loves that everyone at Ozone is mission-driven and excited to share their work. Olga says she was drawn to Ozone because of the culture of the agency. "It's a really unique and supportive atmosphere where everyone is really encouraged to be their authentic selves and have fun." Each person brings something unique to Ozone House and Olga values that she can learn something from all of them. When she is not working, Olga is busy trying to catch up on podcasts or chasing her kittens, Pinto and Garbanzo, around because the two little rascals get into everything! She also enjoys creating art, crafting, and attempting home renovation projects.

If you would like to connect with Olga to discuss data, washi tape or anything else, you can reach her through the Ozone House business line, 734-662-2265 or email .
Resources for Youth in our Community
Mental Health Resources

These hotlines are 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.
  • Ozone House 24-hour hotline: 734-662-2222
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Washtenaw County Community Mental Health 24-hour hotline: 734-544-3050  
  • UM Health System Psychiatric Emergency Services hotline: 734-936-5900
  • Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools 24-hour hotline: 734-936-5900
Washtenaw Community Mental Health
Youth & Family Services
2140 East Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48108. 
Phone: 734-222-6869
Call Access to schedule an appointment 734-544-3050 or 800-440-7548 at any time
The clinic provides a range of mental health services to children and adolescents (age  birth to 18) and their families. Services include assessment, and treatment of children and their families utilizing individual, family & group therapy, crisis intervention, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, intensive client service management and outreach. The type of treatment to be provided will be determined by the therapist and family together. Infant mental health services and substance abuse assessment and education are also offered. Appointments are also available in Chelsea and Whitmore Lake. For insurance coverage information contact Access at 544-3050.  Service information and crisis services and supports are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays. . To Receive Services, call Access at 734-544-3050 or 1-800-440-7548.
Catholic Social Services
4925 Packard St Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734) 926-4650
Family Assessment Clinic (FAC)The Family Assessment Clinic provides assessments and consultation on cases of families and children involved in the public child welfare system in the state of Michigan. FAC now accepts referrals from a variety of agencies and institutions, including public child welfare agencies in Michigan and other states. Cases are referred by the Michigan Department of Human Services, courts, other social agencies and families and individuals. The Clinic is child-centered, family focused, culturally responsive and dedicated to the assessment and treatment of children and families who may have experienced trauma and maltreatment through physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect. FAC works to prevent child maltreatment and endangerment, through education of the community and the training of students and professionals. FAC accepts referrals by the Michigan Department of Human Services, courts, other social agencies and families and individuals. Most insurances accepted. Sliding scale fee available for treatment. Please contact us for specific information. Financial contributions are important in sustaining the services offered by the FAC.
NAMI WC Support Groups
NAMI Washtenaw County provides support groups for both people with mental illness and their loved ones. We offer four different support groups: two for family and friends, and two for people living with a mental illness. No matter if you are a young adult diagnosed with a brain disorder such as bipolar or an adult with a child diagnosed with schizophrenia, we have a support group for you. The groups are facilitated by knowledgeable NAMI members in a safe and confidential atmosphere. All groups meet from 7-8:30 P.M.
  • Connection Group (adults with mental illness regardless of a specific diagnosis). They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wed of the month. St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104.
  • Adult Loved Ones (adults who have a loved one with a mental illness). They meet only on the 3rd Wed of the month. St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104.
  • Young Adults (young adults living with a mental illness regardless of the specific diagnosis). They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wed of the month. St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104.
  • Parents/Caregivers of Children with Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors meeting 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month starting August 21st, 2017 @ WISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

University of Michigan Depression Center Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road, SPC 5763 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700
Phone: (734)-764-0231
Groups for adults with depression and bipolar disorder, and their family members. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
Corner Health Center
47 N. Huron Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 484-3600
Call to schedule an appointment. *Services for adolescents between age 12 and 25. *Provides physicals, immunizations, birth control, STI testing, pregnancy tests and care, as well as counseling and support groups for depression, bullying, LGBTQ, eating disorders... *Uninsured, underinsured with sliding fee scale.

Hope Medical Clinic
518 Harriet St. Ypsilanti, MI
Phone: (734) 481-0111
Call on Monday mornings and leave a message. *If there is space available, you will receive a call back for a screening. *Their services include: adult and pediatric general medicine, no urgent care. *Walk-in clinic-returning patients: Wed PM, Sat AM
The Education Project Updates
We have Lice Kits!
Thanks to a generous donation from the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, the Education Project was able to purchase lice kits to make sure that our students are getting the care they need and are able to return to school healthy and ready to learn! Please reach out about acquiring kits for students in need!
Below is the 2017 - 2018 school year! Please use this referral when working with students and families this school year. Any questions about the referral or referral process can be directed to or call us at 734-994-8100 x1518

Click here to obtain a copy:  

The referral is intended to be filled out by school staff or community partners with the students or families in need of support. Once a referral is completed, the information should be shared with the Education Project staff as well as the Local Liaison. 


The Education Project, sometimes known as the Education Project for Homeless Youth, is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.  Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education

The Education Project works closely with Liaisons in the school districts, Allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Education Project

Who is Homeless?
Homelessness does not always look like a family living in a car or on the street; it exists in many different versions. The primary criteria we consider are: Is their housing Fixed? Is it Regular? And is it Adequate?

Fixed: Is it permanent or not subject to change? For example, is the person staying somewhere that they have a right to live? Are they not on the lease? Could they be asked to leave?
Regular: Are they staying the same place every night? Do they have to switch locations frequently?
Adequate: Is the residence sufficient? Do youth staying in the home have a bed to sleep in? Are there health risks and unsanitary conditions in the home? Does it meet the physical and psychological needs of a child?
Although we all hope that homelessness is very temporary, it can be a perpetual experience for many families and unaccompanied youth. It is important to ask these questions and understand each family and youth's situation.
How can I access the Education Project?
The education project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. The website is  Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education.
How can I help?
The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows the Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supports to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, EPHY will serve families more effectively. Visit the Ozone House website to learn more about how you can help.
The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday - Thursday from 9am - 4pm. 

Any questions regarding a young person's McKinney-Vento status and the supports available can be direct to, or by phone at (734) 994-8100 x1518.

If you know a youth or family who could benefit from Ozone House services,
please have them call our 24-hour Crisis Line:


There is always somebody here to listen. 
Need More Information About Ozone House?
Ozone House Poster

We will come to you!  
We provide educational presentations to middle and high school classrooms or assemblies, as well as organizations throughout Washtenaw County.
To order free printed education materials, or to schedule a presentation, 
contact Dawn Espy at 
call (734) 994-8100 x1518

Ozone House INFO Card

Ozone House Outreach Card
Ozone House Outreach Card

To learn more about all of our crisis intervention, housing or support services,  or to get involved with Ozone House,  please visit our website at