Navigate Services Expand to Kalamazoo


Implementation by InterAct of first-episode psychosis treatment through the evidence-based practice Navigate model demonstrated great success since the pilot project was funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) starting October 2014 in Kent County through a contract with Network 180.  The program is aimed at the 3 out of every 100 young people that experience psychosis.  Navigate uses strategies designed to reduce hospital admissions, improve symptom management skills, increase family understanding, support recovery goals related to work and school, maintain social relationships, and provide education regarding substance use.  Michigan received additional funds in 2016 to expand Navigate services in the state.  InterAct was approved to develop an additional team to serve the Kalamazoo region.  Executive Director Claudia Wink-Basing states:  “We are honored to be given the opportunity to build upon the excellent work of our Navigate team in Grand Rapids and bring this ground-breaking resource to the Kalamazoo area.  We have selected an equally talented group of clinicians to work on our Kalamazoo team and know they will bring similar positive outcomes to this expanded region.”


Our Kalamazoo Navigate team includes:

  • Phyllis DeWaters, LMSW is the Navigate Supervisor. She is the lead contact for referrals and may be reached directly at (269) 488-9647.  She conducts intakes, assessments, and works with family education and care. 
  • Lyndsay Nuyen, LMSW is the Individual Resilience Trainer who works one-to-one with people in the program and helps with care management, as needed.
  • Carrie Morris, BSW, ETS is the Supported Employment/Education specialist who helps participants achieve their education and employment goals.
  • Dr. Jon Dozeman is the Psychiatrist assigned to develop effective medication strategies for Navigate participants.