Office of Risk Management

Mission Statement

The Office of Risk Management will strive to protect the valued assets and resources of the Detroit Public Schools from financial and physical losses due to potential occurrences known and unexpected. We are further committed to providing a safer workplace for its employees and safer premises/operations for its students and visitors. We will deliver these services in the most efficient and professional manner possible at all times.

Departments / Offices

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is responsible for the administration of all employee occupational injury claims. The primary goal of this unit is to coordinate any injured employee’s receipt of appropriate medical care and income benefits in compliance with the Workers Compensation Act of the State of Michigan.

  • Claims reporting and processing
  • Vendor relations
  • Occupational Clinic services
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Return to Work programs

Safety & Loss Control

Safety and Loss Control is responsible for the development and maintenance of all personal safety related programs throughout the District. The primary goal of this unit is to eliminate or reduce exposures that may potentially harm our students, employees and visitors.

Phone: (313) 873-0880
Fax: (313) 873-0872

Property & Liability

Property and Liability is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of all related self funded and insured programs to financially protect our buildings, furnishings, supplies, vehicles and equipment. They also provide programs to fund the potential legal liability of the District and its employees.

Phone: (313) 873-0880
Fax: (313) 873-0872

  • Acquiring insurance coverage
  • Self funded programs
  • Maintaining building/contents
  • Claims reporting
  • Damage claim payments
  • Vehicle schedules
  • Driver listings/driving records
  • Risk reduction assistance

Risk Contract Compliance

Risk Contract Compliance is responsible for ensuring that all contractors, suppliers or consultants who have vendor contracts with Detroit Public Schools provide and maintain adequate insurance coverage for the financial protection of the District at all times during the term of their contracts or agreements.

Phone: (313) 873-0880
Fax: (313) 873-0872

  • Liaison between the Dept. of Contract & Procurement and Office of General Counsel to resolve contractual risk transfer issues
  • Provides, acquires, reviews, and authorizes insurance coverage related to all vendor contracts
  • Processes and maintains all Certificates of Insurance for lease, service and/or rental agreements

Risk Finance & Technology

Risk Finance is responsible the development and maintenance of all risk related financial records and databases. The primary goal of this unit is to analyze, monitor and project our claims and expenses. This data will be provided to each department to inform and benchmark the success of our collective efforts to control the cost of risks.

  • Claims data collection
  • Comparative cost analysis
  • Actuarial forecasting
  • Rates and fees
  • Financial reports
  • Financial risk alternatives

Booklets and Publications


Worker's Compensation

Property & Liability