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Sallie Smith-Brown promoted to CEO of Assured Family Services

June 27, 2018
Assured Family Services (AFS), a Wayne County-based mental health organization providing assessment, counseling, drug screening and psychological services to youth and their families, announced that Sallie Smith-Brown, LLPC, has been named the organization’s new CEO effective June 18. Smith-Brown will be taking the reins from retiring CEO Cynthia J. Smith who had been at AFS since 1993.

Prior to her promotion to CEO, Smith-Brown served as the Chief Operating Officer of AFS since 2015, responsible for ensuring the delivery of quality services, data coordination and outcome measurement. She was also COO from 2006-2014 when the organization was known as the Juvenile Assessment Center. With her 18-year history with AFS, Smith-Brown brings deep knowledge of policies and procedures of several systems with which the organization is involved, including the juvenile justice system and Detroit schools.

In addition to her roles at AFS, Smith-Brown was appointed to Deputy Director of Wayne County Department of Children and Family Services in 2014. She worked on a number of reform efforts in juvenile justice when she was employed at the Wayne County Department of Community Justice, and has experience structuring new departments to address emergency agency needs. She also has held positions at the Michigan Department of Social Services and the College of Education at Wayne State University, Detroit.

Smith-Brown received both her M.A. in Counseling and her Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University. She has also completed post-graduate course work in non-profit sector studies.

“Assured Family Services is an organization well known for its dedication to service delivery that reaches across systems to ensure that the children and families of Wayne County, as well as other stakeholders, receive accurate information and competent services which are uniquely fitted to them,” Smith-Brown said. “I look forward to continuing that level of commitment in my new role as CEO.”

About Assured Family Services
Assured Family Services (formerly known as the Juvenile Assessment Center–JAC) was founded in 1993 as a collaborative of child welfare and juvenile justice agencies focused on better services and continuity of care for Michigan’s children and families under court jurisdiction. AFS aims to be the source of accurate information and competent recommendations that identify the unique needs of referred youth and families in Wayne County, and enable community organizations to restore successful living, increase healthy development and promote safer communities. For more information, visit