President & CEO
Irva Faber-Bermudez is President and CEO of Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc. She is an advanced practice nurse with a specialty in psychiatric mental health nursing. Irva has broad expertise in behavioral health clinical practice, healthcare system leadership, consultation and education.
Previously, Irva served as Director of Nursing Services at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Detroit, and served as faculty curriculum chair at The University of Phoenix.
Irva holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Wayne State University, and board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist. She attended the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania completing courses in design for effective hospital management, planning and implementation of new initiatives.
Irva serves on several advisory boards, representing Detroit Central City as a member of Gateway Community Health, the Clinton House Nonprofit Housing Corporation, the State of Michigan anti-stigma steering committee, and the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Planning Council. She has been appointed to the Board of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Foundation and serves as its Treasurer.
Most recently, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Irva to a 14-member Mental Health Diversion Council within the Department of Community Health to develop a method of diverting individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems out of the criminal justice system and into appropriate treatment. The Governor called for this council in his State of the State address as well as his Public Safety and Health & Wellness special messages. The Council includes Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who serves as Chair, and designees of DCH Director James Haveman and Michigan Department of Corrections Director Daniel Heyns. Irva will represent advocates or consumer representatives for a four-year term expiring January 30, 2017.