Conference Speakers

Andrea L. Smith, LLMSW

Andrea Smith currently serves as a Manager of Clinical Specialist with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. This role is primarily responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, and monitoring of clinical service models to align them with evidence based, best and/or promising practices while assessing workforce needs, and strategically planning and implementing ways to address the gaps through training and Grantsmanship.

Andrea is certified by the QPR Institute as a QPR Instructor, focusing on suicide prevention and awareness. She is also certified by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, with certification to teach the Adult, Youth, Military, Veterans and Families, Public Safety, and Higher Education Curricula for various groups to provide an introductory overview of behavioral health issues that they may encounter in their daily positions.

Andrea received her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University and has held positions of Program Evaluator, Project Manager, Veteran Supportive Housing Coordinator, Guest Lecturer, Research Associate, and Child Development Specialist. She is passionate about homeless military veterans and minorities who are educationally and economically disadvantaged.

She resides in Canton, Michigan with her husband of twelve years; a Military Combat Veteran, and their young children.