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"Do Not Resuscitate" Bills Pending in Michigan Legislature

Is the Michigan Legislature Considering Death Panels?

On June 11, 2013, the Lansing State Journal published a guest editorial from Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc regarding several bills pending in the Michigan Legislature. The package of bills would give guardians the authority to sign “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” orders for individuals with disabilities.  Read Mr. Cerano&;s letter about this dangerous legislation!

June 7, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Admire v. Auto Owners Insurance Company

Michigan Supreme Court:  Auto Insurers Must Pay for Modifications, But not Vehicle

May 23, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision in Admire v. Auto Owners Insurance Company.  Court held that when an individual requires accessible transportation as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident, the insurance company is only required to pay for the modifications to the vehicle rather than the cost of both the modifications and the vehicle.

Jury awards $240 million to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

A historic amount was awarded to the U.S.. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by a Davenport Iowa jury. Damages totaling $240 million will go to 32 men with intellectual disabilities who were employed by Henry’s Turkey Service processing turkeys between 2007 and 2009. The parent company, Hill Country Farms, was found to have exploited and abused the men and was also in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit the EEOC website for the press release.

Save the Date! The ARC Michigan 2013 Conference

Save the date for The ARC Michigan 2013 Annual Conference and Silent Auction

This year’s conference will be June 20th and 21st , 2013 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek. Check The ARC Michigan website or Facebook page for more information.

Ensure the Right to High Quality Education

MPAS believes that children and young adults with disabilities deserve an educational experience geared towards similar outcomes to that of their typically-abled peers.  This experience should be appropriate, inclusive and absent of discrimination and stigma.  MPAS finds bullying and practices such as restraint and seclusion in schools to be unacceptable and supports policies which act to eliminate both.  MPAS supports an educational system that promotes self sufficiency and independence in the community. 

Improve Access to Services

Adequate supports and services are vital to the overall well-being of all individuals in Michigan. People with all types of disabilities are able to successfully transition and live within the community when these services are accessible.  It is important that government entities, recreational activities and providers of critical services are available. Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is working to increase the quality and accessibility of these services to individuals with disabilities.

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.