Foundation honors attorney for contributions to mental health

David Haron is a dogged fighter against medical waste and fraud. As an expert in the federal whistleblower law, he won major lawsuits to reclaim lost funds and make health care more affordable. So when he was asked to join the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation to help bring more accessible mental health care to Michigan, it was a natural fit.

"I was aware that mental health treatment was one of the most neglected areas of medical care today," Haron said. "So the opportunity to work with an organization composed of dedicated professionals working to provide those services was something I could not pass up. "

Haron, a Troy attorney named one of Michigan's "Super Lawyers" for the past five years, is being honored this year by the Foundation for his contributions to the organization, including serving as its president. Haron will be recognized when the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation (MPF) holds its annual benefit on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth.

The Foundation's mission is to increase awareness of clinical and applied psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is an approach to understanding the mind that is the cornerstone of numerous approaches to mental health treatment. As part of its mission to train professionals and educate the community, MPF helps provide clinical training and reduced fee services to make quality mental health treatment more available.

Haron, whose firm provides pro bono and community service to a large number of organizations, said the current economic downtown makes supplying affordable mental health care crucial. "Today, I know MPF is reaching out to the community to provide low cost and pro bono treatment to many people who are struggling and stressed," he said.

Contributions to MPF allow the organization to fund a reduced fee therapy clinic, which has offices in Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills. The clinic annually provides more than 10,000 hours of low-fee psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Southeast Michigan. In addition, MPFI provides supervision to therapists in training in psychiatry, psychology and social work.

Consultants from MPF provide consultation to a variety of community organizations, including Gilda's Club for Cancer Survivors, Kadima (specializing in adult mental illness), Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan Hospice chapters, and Allen Creek Therapeutic Preschool in Ann Arbor. The group also provides free treatment to families of military reservists before, during and after their combat experiences. The Foundation also supports the Walnut Creek Preschool in West Bloomfield, a therapeutic environment for special-needs children unable to learn in the traditional nursery school setting.

Haron, a principal attorney in the firm of Frank, Haron, Weiner, & Navarro PLC, is a former president of Oakland County Bar Association and an adjunct professor at Cooley School of Law. This year, he was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law. Haron is an expert in the whistleblower provision of the federal False Claims Act which has enabled him to bring suit on behalf of employees of health care firms that fraudulently overbill the government. In one case, his efforts helped recover $119 million.

Sonia Pone, current president of MPF, credited Haron with pushing the organization to become even more involved in the community. "All through his presidency he pushed for increased community outreach," she said. "To this end, he connected us to various community organizations. His legal advice was invaluable and his commitment to us and to community mental health was, and continues to be, significant. We honor him for his efforts on behalf of the MPF and for his on-going community mental health involvement."

To purchase tickets to the benefit, or to place a business ad or message of appreciation for David Haron in the benefit program, contact Jean Lewis at the Foundation, (248) 851-3380.

Published: Mon, Nov 1, 2010