The Division of Victim Services (DVS) provides one voice advocating for and responding to all victims of crime in Michigan. DVS funds programs that provide comprehensive services to Michigan crime victims, including compensation for injury, counseling, victim advocacy through prosecutors’ offices and non-profit organizations, victims’ rights services, and victim notification through MI-VINE.

MDHHS – Division of Victim Services

Crime Victim Compensation

Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness


The MDHHS Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness (BETP) combines the former Office of Public Health Preparedness with the EMS and Trauma Services Sections. Together, the Bureau serves to better protect the health and well-being of Michigan citizens through the administration and continuous improvement of emergency medical services, trauma system, as well as all-hazards preparedness planning and response. The Bureau is composed of two divisions: the Division of EMS and Trauma, and the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Learn more about both divisions’ specific responsibilities and programs by exploring the links below.

The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) is the emergency preparedness and response arm of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The division serves to protect the health of Michigan citizens before, during and after an emergency through the integration of public health and medical preparedness initiatives and by leveraging diverse partnerships. DEPR maintains a dual role in both preparedness planning and in emergency response. These activities encompass all hazards, including natural and man-made disasters, acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies that impact the health of the public.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Website

The Division of EMS and Trauma

The Division of EMS and Trauma (DET) serves to protect and improve the health and well-being of Michigan citizens who require emergency medical services, through the administration of license requirements for EMS personnel, operations, and vehicles, the oversight of local medical control authorities and the development of regulatory policies and procedures which promote efficient program administration and safe care, treatment and transportation of the sick and injured.

EMS Section Website

The overall goal of a trauma system is to reduce the incidence and severity of injury as well as to improve health outcomes for those who are injured. The vision for Michigan is a regionalized, coordinated and accountable system of emergency care that ensures the right patient gets to the right place at the right time.

Trauma Section Website

The Injury and Violence Prevention Section works with state and local partners to help Michigan communities stop injuries and violence. Here is what we do:

  1. Collect and explain data on injury and violence
  2. Develop and evaluate prevention programs
  3. Provide tools, technical assistance, and information

Damage or harm to the body resulting in impairment or destruction of health. Examples are broken bones, cuts, brain damage, spinal cord injury, poisoning and burns. 

  1. Is the leading cause of death and disability for Michiganders, ages 1-44
  2. Leading causes of death include: motor vehicle crashes, falls, and for infants less than 12 months of age, unsafe sleep environments.
  3. Occurs in very predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors in identifiable populations
  4. Is preventable

Injury and Violence in Michigan Burden Report – 2018 

Is the intentional use of power or force against oneself or another person. Violence can be physical, psychological or sexual. Examples are suicide, sexual assault, and bullying. 

  1. Can lead to life-long mental and physical health problems
  2. Increases the risk of being a victim or perpetrator of further violence
  3. Is a learned behavior
  4. Is preventable


Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Prevention Initiative

Information and Resources Regarding the Prevention of Accidental Injury to Children and Safe Kids Coalitions throughout Michigan. 

Educational Materials Regarding Rape Prevention and Links and Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention.

 Information for Suicide Prevention

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