Tamarie Willis

Tamarie Willis

Re-entry Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Expert in reentry programming for those with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder and the experiences of children with an incarcerated parent

Center for Behavioral Health and Justice
School of Social Work Suite 100
5447 Woodward Ave. 
Detroit, MI 48202



Tamarie Willis


Tamarie has focused her social work education in the area of macro practice, with a concentration on the community and policy platforms. Her current research interest centers on the intersections of incarceration and child welfare, and she is currently working on research which resulted in a congressional briefing in Washington DC and the drafting of two federal bills aimed at increasing visitation between an incarcerated parent and their child(ren) in the child welfare system. Correspondingly, Tamarie is also researching how co-occurring substance use and mental illness are often key indicators for individuals who have repeated contacted with law enforcement, and police training to identify these indicators can become a tool for diversion. She is currently enrolled in Wayne State University School of Social Work's doctoral program, double minoring in criminal justice and statistics.


Tamarie serves as the manager for the Re-entry initiative at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. She leads all grants and projects focused on the re-entry of individuals from jails or prisons to the community including the Michigan Re-entry Project (MI-REP).

Degrees and Certifications

  • Certificate in Mixed Methods Research, University of Michigan
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Research and Evaluation, Wayne State University
  • Limited Licensed Master of Social Worker (LLMSW)
  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BSW, Wayne State University
  • AAS in Human Services, Baker College


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