|Who We Are...|
|The mission of MPAS is to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.|
What We Do
|People with disabilities have to deal with a wide variety of issues. We try to answer any questions you may have relating to disability. We have experience in the following areas: discrimination in education, employment, housing, and public places; abuse and neglect; Social Security benefits; Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance; housing; Vocational Rehabilitation; HIV/AIDS issues; and many other disability-related topics. If you need more information about what we do, or want to learn more about any of the topics referred to on this website, please call 1-800-288-5923 (in Michigan, voice/TTY) or 517-487-1755 (in Lansing, voice/TTY).
Where We are Located
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service has two offices: the central office is based in Lansing and a field office located in Marquette.
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service -- Lansing Office
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service -- Marquette Office
Michigan's Mental Health Network
MPAS works with many different mental health advocacy organizations throughout Michigan. The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness program receives funding through the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information, visit SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center - The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs
Michigan's Developmental Disabilities Network
MPAS works with many different organizations throughout Michigan. Especially important is our collaborative relationship with the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Institute/ University Center for Excellence at Wayne State University. All three programs receive funding through the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities. For more information, visit ADD's web site at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add
The Michigan Council on Developmental Disabilities is uniquely composed of individuals with significant disabilities, parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities, and representatives of State agencies that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Together, this group of individuals develops and implements a statewide plan to address the Federally-mandated priority of employment, and optionally any of three other Federal priorities (case management, child development, and community living) as well as one optional State priority. For more information, visit DD Council's web site at www.michigan.gov/mdch
The Developmental Disabilities Institute/University Center for Excellence is part of a national network to support interdisciplinary training, exemplary services, technical assistance, and information/dissemination activities. The mission of DDI is to serve as liaison between academic expertise and institutions of higher learning and service delivery systems so as to positively affect the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing their independence, productivity, and integration into communities. For more information, visit DDI's web site at http://ddi.wayne.edu/
|PADD: Protection and Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities|
|The Protection and Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program assists people with developmental disabilities. Staff investigate allegations of abuse or neglect and pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies to assure protection of rights and access to services, benefits, and education.
|PAIMI: Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness|
|The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program serves people labeled mentally ill. PAIMI staff provide information and referral, and advocacy services to ensure proper treatment. Services also include investigation of alleged abuse and neglect issues, and addressing systemic issues that may improve the care and treatment for all people with mental illness in Michigan.
|Special Education - Advocacy and Information|
|MPAS provides a variety of advocacy information and services related to disability issues in Special Education. For more information call: 1-800-288-5923 or 517-487-1755
|PAIR: Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights|
|The Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) assists people with disabilities who do not meet the eligibility criteria for PADD or PAIMI services. For example, the PAIR programs serves individuals with adult-onset disabilities.
|CAP: Client Assistance Program|
|The Client Assistance Program (CAP) assists people who are seeking or receiving services from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Consumer Choice Programs, Michigan Commission for the Blind, Centers for Independent Living, and Supported Employment and Transition Programs. The CAP program is part of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. For more information call: 1-800-288-5923 or 517-487-1755
|PAAT: Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology|
|The Protection and Advocacy for users of Assistive Technology (PAAT) assists people with disabilities who may benefit from assistive technology devices and services.
|PABSS: Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security|
|The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Secuirty (PABSS) assists people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
|PATBI: Protection and Advocacy for People with Traumatic Brain Injury|
|The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) project serves people who have sustained a brain injury. The TBI project staff provide advocacy services, information and referral, direct representation and self-advocacy training. Services provided are to help ensure that people with brain injury are able to secure needed public health services. The PATBI program began and was authorized as part of the Children's Health Act of 2000.
|PAVA: Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access|
|Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) is a program to help ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote, and accessing polling places. PAVA began and was authorized as part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. |
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|Information and Referral|
Our staff can help you understand your rights and assist you in finding ways to resolve disability-related problem issues. Call us and ask to be connected with an Information and Referral (I&R) Advocate. Together you and the I&R advocate will review the situation or issues, and decide on a course of action.
|Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service provide a variety of information about disability-related topics. We provide free written information by mail and on this web site. We also have more detailed information and published materials available for a fee. Please check the Publications area of this web site, or contact us by phone for more information.|
|MPAS provides some limited legal representation to people who are eligible for our services and whose issues fall within our service priorities. Our legal staff may also provide technical assistance to private attorneys working on disability issues. MPAS legal staff periodically offer seminars on a variety of disability rights topics.|
|Events - Training, Outreach, Seminars|
|Our staff is experienced in many disability-related topic areas, ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to self-advocacy and managed care. As resources allow, MPAS provides Trainings and Outreach events at no cost to consumers, parents, and families. Staff are also available for Training and Seminars, as well as speaking engagements, with service providers, commercial entities, and other agencies for a fee.|
|Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.|
|Lansing (517) 487-1755 | TOLL FREE 1-800-288-5923 (Voice or TTY)|
|Fax (517) 487-0827 | Email MPAS|