Mailing Address: Juvenile Justice Programs 235 S. Grand Ave, Ste. 1315 Lansing, MI 48933
Kenyatta Stephens has more than 15 years of experience in the human services industry. Since 1999, she has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI). BFDI is a family-centered, behavioral health organization based in Detroit. It maintains a $26 million annual budget supporting nearly 25 programs including juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, family preservation, and other treatment, prevention, crisis intervention, and case management services.
Ms. Stephens began her journey to treat, educate, and empower children and families while pursing her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Michigan. She acquired her master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Child and Family, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Stephens has enjoyed her direct service tenure in various human service capacities. She has worked within the Families First of Michigan program, as well as in a variety of mental health treatment environments. Her scope of clinical treatment skills includes serving youth, adults, and families. She has extensive administrative and management experience overseeing programs in the follow areas: Juvenile justice, domestic violence, mental health, family preservation, substance abuse, homelessness prevention, and youth assistance program services.
She retains her clinical practice by counseling people in recovery from substance abuse addiction, serving as a professional mentor, and conducting clinical workshops/trainings.
Ms. Stephens is happily married to Walter Stephens, the mother of Walter III, and actively participates in Middlebelt Baptist Church in Inkster.
Her term expires Dec. 31, 2019.