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Eliminate Employment Barriers and Protect Rights

Employment can often be a vehicle to independence, identity, social engagement, and other beneficial characteristics. Unfortunately, people with disabilities have been consistently underrepresented in the work place despite having marketable skills and the desire to work.  Moreover, people with disabilities that do find “employment”, are often working in segregated environments making wages which are not on par with typically-abled peers performing similar work.

Increase the Protection of Individual Rights, Independence and Self-Determination

Individuals with disabilities have certain rights regarding services and treatment. Organizations providing care or services have an obligation to abide by these regulations. Under the law, if an individual believes their rights have been violated, they can challenge those violations through a variety of rights protection systems.

Eliminate Abuse and Neglect

Many individuals with disabilities reside in correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, adult foster care homes or child caring institutions. Unfortunately, they are often subjected to abuse and neglect by staff at the facility. Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) monitors for such. Protecting our most vulnerable citizens is a high priority for MPAS.


1.   Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to restraint or seclusion.

PAIMI Advisory Council meeting

The Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council will meet at 10:30 am on February 26, 2013. The PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC) advises Board of Directors for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service on matters that impact with people with mental illness, their families and friends.  The meeting will be open for public comment at 11:15 am.  The Michigan State Capital building is handicap accessible.  Please contact our office at 800. 288.5923 for assistance or information.

Rights Protection for People with Disabilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is proud to represent the rights of children and adults with disabilities in Michigan.

Seclusion and Restraint Practices in Michigan Schools Result in Injury and Death

Students with disabilities suffer from dangerous practices in Michigan schools known as seclusion and restraint. Outdated techniques are still being used to manage challenging behavior, whereby school personnel tie down, pin down, and confine children to locked rooms or boxes. Research shows that these practices can actually exacerbate challenging behaviors, increase physical and emotional harm, and in some cases cause death.

Responsible Parties at All Levels Should Be Held Accountable for Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) released information highlighting two nursing homes in Michigan where the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) reported to have maggots infesting residents’ tracheas and catheters. The information had been collected from surveys taken and distributed by LARA, which is the state agency responsible for licensing and oversight of nursing homes in Michigan. LARA routinely provides these reports to MPAS and other organization.

MPAS Releases Comprehensive Public Report on Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes Throughout Michigan

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS), the agency that publicly reported on maggots found in nursing homes, has compiled a report that describes numerous examples of abuse and neglect in nursing homes throughout the state. It also provides recommendations on changes that must be made to assure a safe and healthy environment for all nursing home residents. Examples abuse and neglect range from maggot infestations and dangerous errors in medicine dosing to choking, restraining, burning, and death.

Infestation of Maggots Found in Michigan Nursing Home Residents Tracheas and Catheters

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) has found that many nursing home residents have experienced severe neglect and abuse – sometimes resulting in death.

This was discovered after reviewing nursing home surveys that had been collected by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) – the very state department responsible for licensing and oversight of nursing homes in Michigan.

Bill Introduced Preventing People with Criminal Records from Working with Vulnerable Citizens

Three House Bills (4597, 4598, and 4599) were introduced during session on May 3, 2011, expanding the background check registry process. As introduced, the bills will flag new employees working or applying to work in nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and foster care facilities if they have a substantiated history of neglect and abuse defined as Abuse/Neglect Class I or II.