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  • imageCo-occurring mental health
  • imageDetox
  • imageHospital inpatient
  • imageInterim care
  • imageOutpatient
  • imageResidential
  • imageTelemedicine
  • imageTransitional housing
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Sheldon Dennis Hill

On his flight from Detroit to Los Angeles, Sheldon Hill couldn’t help but to feel a sense of pride. Hill was to be presented with the Pier Family Leadership Award at the annual meeting of the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the US Department of Health & Human Services. An honor given to only 5 out of thousands of nominees. Growing up on the gang run streets of Detroit his story may have ended like so many others, in the penitentiary or dead. Hill began doing drugs at the age of 8, by 12 he was dealing drugs for his father then at 16 he dropped out of school to become a full-time drug dealer. Hill said, “At the end of my run I had been booked 77 times, taken to jail, shot 9 times (3 the first time, 6 the second), hit in the head with hammers and broke my jaw broke twice.” His final time in front of the judge he was sentenced to 6 months in county jail. During this time, he underwent addiction treatment and was diagnosed with several psychological disorders. From that point on, Hill focused on giving back. He volunteers for “anyone who will have him”. He founded SD Hill L3C, a community service organization in Detroit dedicated to serving low-income & other individuals needing couching and support for recovery from addictions and other harmfulful behaviors. Hill works on making himself a better husband, father, friend and son every day. He lives by this mantra: Success is mandatory, not optional. “I’m no longer part of the problem but part of the solution.”

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