About Us

Our Health Centers are committed to providing quality healthcare and promoting wellness to everyone in our community. We provide comprehensive health care to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community. Our Health Centers are open to patients of all ages and services include primary care, pediatrics, sports physicals, women’s health, senior health, immunizations, onsite pharmacy and behavioral health screenings.


Our mission is to help those we serve achieve healthier lives through management and coordination of integrated behavioral healthcare


To provide an innovative behavioral health system of care which efficiently utilizes existing resources and seeks new opportunities for the benefit of those we serve

Core Values

People are Valued Respected, acknowledged, listened to, and included
Responsibility Look at the big picture, be professional, respectful, and trustworthy
Innovation Create a path for others to follow
Dedication Do what it takes to achieve success
Effectiveness Able to create change, follow through, and demonstrate success

About Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.

Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. (BHPI) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2002 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. BHPI is committed to providing quality healthcare and promoting wellness in the communities we serve.

BHPI creates a structure for psychologists, primary care physicians, behavioral health specialists, community health advocates, and pharmacists to work and train together, caring for patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs seamlessly. In 2019, BHPI opened The Health Center @ McKenny located in Northwest Detroit. The Health Center @ McKenny is committed to providing quality healthcare and promoting wellness to everyone in the community.

For nearly two decades, BHPI managed CareLink Network and ConsumerLink Network which served over 115,000 members in Wayne County.

BHPI d/b/a The Health Canters

19750 Burt Road Ste. 208

Detroit, MI 48219

For additional information, please contact us at 313.656.0000.


Our Board:

David Schmehl, Board Chair

Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, M.Ed.

Nabih Ayad 

Our Leadership Team:

Leslie White, JD, President and CEO

Leslie is responsible for overseeing all of the operational functions of the organization. She has been with BHPI since 2005 and most recently served as both the company’s Chief People Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining BHPI, Leslie worked in management positions in Development and non-profit philanthropy as Director of Development for the ACLU of Michigan and Planned Parenthood of SE Michigan. She served as the Planned Giving Officer for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and The Detroit Medical Center. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she worked as a Contract Negotiator for AT&T Capital Corporation and ProQuest (formally UMI) in Ann Arbor, MI.

Leslie received a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.

Lisa Knysz, PsyD, Chief Clinical Officer

In her role as BHPI’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Knysz works closely with behavioral and physical health providers to ensure a comprehensive continuum of care for all consumers being served. She provides the structure, oversight and on-going management and evaluation to ensure the clinical aspects of integrated care are being woven throughout our providers’ care and treatment. She will work closely with all providers working toward a delivery model of care, which relies on data and building an infrastructure which is flexible and allows for the system to achieve the best outcomes for consumers and the most efficient use of heath care resources. She is trained as a health psychologist and has spent the last 15 years working in community-based care.

David Schmehl, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

David Schmehl is the Chief Financial Officer of Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. David joined the company at its inception in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in April 2006 and retired from that role in 2020.

David was a senior executive at VistaCare, Inc., a national provider of hospice services, holding the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration prior to joining BHPI. From 1981 through 1996 he held a number of executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans (during that time the nation’s largest privately held dental HMO) and its affiliated organization American Dental Group including CFO and Vice President of National Research and Development.

David is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a degree in management science from Oakland University.

About Genoa Healthcare

Genoa has been serving the behavioral health community for more than 15 years. The company provides pharmacy services, telepsychiatry and medication management solutions to more than 650,000 individuals annually in 45 states and the District of Columbia and fills more than 15 million prescriptions per year. Genoa Healthcare is the fifth largest drug chain in the United States with more than 400 pharmacies located onsite within community mental health centers. Visit

our goals

  • Provide timely access to the full range of integrated quality behavioral and physical health care services
  • Promote prevention and chronic disease management
  • Use innovative technology and community health navigators to enhance person-centered integration across the continuum of care and service community
  • Incorporate a comprehensive screening process to address the social determinants of health
  • Improve health outcomes, patient satisfaction, reduce costs, and enhance community engagement – with the long-term goal of improving community health

About The Health Centers

The Health Centers provides health services through a comprehensive, fully-integrated care system that links behavioral health and primary care services.  The center incorporates the highest quality behavioral health care as a critical component of primary care and takes into account the patient’s health, history, and social determinants of health (access to housing, food security, education, transportation, among others).

While other health centers may offer integrated models “co-locating” behavioral health practitioners in a primary care setting, The Health Centers creates a structure for psychologists, primary care physicians, behavioral health specialists, community health advocates, and pharmacists to work and train together, caring for patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs seamlessly. 

The center is housed in a once-vacant Detroit Public School elementary building. In addition to the integrated health component, Development Centers, Inc. offer comprehensive behavioral health for adults and children, Thrive by Five, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs, among other programs.