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Statement by Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) on the Proposed Closure of Public Juvenile Justice Facilities:

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is Michigan’s designated protection and advocacy program, mandated to serve persons with disabilities in the Great Lakes State.

Closing public juvenile justice facilities and contracting those services to private entities may impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities who are placed in those facilities.  Any proposal to contract juvenile justice services to private providers must include the following safeguards:

* Contracts must assure provision of special education and mental health services.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. PAIMI Advisory Council Meeting

The next PAIMI Advisory Council meeting will be held on May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc., 4095 Legacy Parkway, Ste. 500, Lansing, MI 48911.

The Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council is comprised of individuals and meets quarterly. The council is mandated to have members from the following groups:

Marquette Hospital Refused Treatment to Suicidal Inmate

Inmate petitioned to UP Health Systems Marquette for treatment; discharged while still suicidal after two hour stay with no mental health evaluation

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) brought a complaint against UP Health System Marquette, formerly Marquette General Hospital, for its failure to treat a suicidal inmate from Marquette County Jail in 2013. MPAS filed a lawsuit in the Western District Federal Court on March 18, 2015 alleging violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA).

Michigan Department of Corrections Facing Class Action Disability Lawsuit

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. and co-counsel file suit for failure to provide appropriate services for deaf, hard of hearing inmates

Elmer L. Cerano, MPAS Executive Director, Speaks to Karen Carter From CW50 on Two Big Issues Facing the Disability Community

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Executive Director, Elmer L. Cerano, appeared on CW50 Detroit's Saturday morning talk show "Street Beat" with host Karen Carter on Jan. 10, 2015.




Cerano discusses the issue of restraint and seclusion in our school system, the need for reporting requirements, and a greater focus on alternative methods.




Cerano speaks on the current state of employment for people with disabilities in Michigan.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Holiday Hours

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. will be closed the following days:

Wednesday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 26

Wednesday, Dec. 31-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.


MPAS wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday season.

Gov. Snyder Issues Executive Directive Focusing on Employment for People with Disabilities

Following MPAS Report, Governor; Lt. Gov, take needed action in Michigan

          Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) today participated in a telephone media roundtable hosted by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to announce a new state directive on employment for people with disabilities. Calley, chair of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee, was joined by Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Matt Wesaw, Chris Rodriguez of MPAS, and Luke Zelley of The Disability Network.

MPAS, Peckham Host 4th Candidate Forum

Candidates running for elected statewide office, and in Ingham and Clinton County, provided information and answered questions at the Peckham facility on Capital City Boulevard in Lansing on October 23, 2014. The event was cosponsored by Peckham and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS).