Flinn Foundation invests in Starr-PsychSystems Autism Center


One of the many rooms where ABA therapy takes place at the PsychSystems Autism Center.

A $50,000 grant from the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation will improve the technology in Starr’s PsychSystems Autism Center, which provides center-based and home-based services to young people up to the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with autism.

The Center opened in October 2013 to meet the growing needs of children and families who are living with autism in Wayne County, Macomb County and Oakland County, particularly those who qualify for Medicaid.

The support of the Flinn Foundation will enable Starr-PsychSystems to use advanced information technology to make its programs more efficient and data-driven, meaning more families will be able to access quality services.

Elizabeth Carey, president and CEO of Starr, said: “We are so thankful to the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation for their investment, which will help us serve more families in need of our services, particularly Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With the improved information technology that this grant brings, we can ensure we provide the best possible service to our clients for many years to come. We know there are many more children and families in our community who can benefit from the treatments we offer – with the support of partners like the Flinn Foundation, we can reach them.”

Starr-PsychSystems provides therapy services, assessment, psychological testing and other types of behavioral support, specializing in helping people in the following areas: Developmental Disabilities/Autism, Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, as well as ADHD coaching. PsychSystems also offers assessment, therapy, consultation, and counseling for many difficulties and concerns of everyday life. The Starr-PsychSystems Autism Center is located at 20955 Bournemouth, Harper Woods, Michigan, 48225.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit based private foundation established in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her brother James “Jim” Flinn, Jr. Peggy passed away in 1994. Jim Flinn Jr., who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s, led a remarkable life until his passing in 2007 at the age of 91. The Foundation is committed to improving the scope, quality and delivery of mental health services in Michigan. Since inception, over $28 million in grants have been awarded. The Foundation’s geographic focus is primarily Southeast Michigan, defined as the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw. The Foundation can be contacted on (313) 309-3436.logostarrgeneral

For more information, contact John Hollingsworth, Director of Communications at Starr Commonwealth, on (248) 892-6122 or by email at hollingsworthj@starr.org