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MPAS Against New Seclusion Room at a Marquette Middle School

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency charged with providing advocacy services to people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS is disappointed to learn that the Marquette Public Schools is spending tax dollars to build a "seclusion room" in a middle school (Mining Journal, May 21). Seclusion in schools is a dangerous and unregulated practice that puts children at risk of harm.

Michigan Alliance for Families Webinar Series

The Michigan Alliance for Families will once again be hosting an annual webinar series. The 2014 series will focus on the topic of transitioning to adulthood.  The series begins on Thursday, March 20 with webinars being held most Thursdays through June 2014 from noon to 1pm. 

MPAS attorney, Mark McWilliams, will be the expert at noon on April 17 for a webinar titled "Transition and the Law."

2019 Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest

Entries Being Accepted for the 2019 Ernie Reynolds Memorial Essay Contest

We are proud to, once again, hold our annual essay contest in honor of an outstanding disability rights advocate, Ernie Reynolds, who passed away in 2012.

We are looking for real, motivating stories about people with disabilities who have successfully overcame barriers and achieved success while advocating for themselves or others.

First Prize:      $300
Second Prize: $200
Third Prize:     $100

MPAS PAIMI Council Meeting

The next PAIMI Council meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2018.

PAIMI Council Meeting
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.
4095 Legacy Parkway, Ste. 500
Lansing, MI 48911

The time for public comment at this meeting is 11:40 a.m.

Please note, the public comment time may vary based on the agenda discussion.

Substantiated Abuse & Neglect Complaints in Michigan Care Facilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) files complaints against licensed or certified health care professionals involved in abusive and neglectful incidents in nursing homes and other care facilities.

Click here to review the list of cases substantianed in FY18 - 4th Quarter (July 1, 2018 - September 31, 2018)

‘Section 298' pilot programs move ahead

Crain's Detroit Business

Jay Greene
October 21, 2018 12:01 AM

Crain’s panel explained different approaches to delivering and paying for care in behavioral health and physical health systems
Progress made in developing integrated approach, but panelists say more is needed before pilot programs begin next October 2019
Advocates for behavioral health and developmental disabled population say they have been left out of discussion of how to test integration

Michigan's special education efforts near bottom in nation: U.S. report

If Laurie Kondek could fix what ails Michigan's special education system, it would be this: She would ensure that children like her Samuel — who is severely autistic and has several other ailments — would have the same shot at success as kids with no special needs.

"You have these special ed kids who have so much potential. Maybe they're not going to fly as high academically ... but my kid is just as valuable," said Kondek, who lives in Northville and has one son who attends the local district there and another who attends a nearby charter school.

MPAS Priorities and Objectives for FY 2019

To comment on our priorities, please take our Priorities Survey.

Priority #1:  Eliminate abuse and neglect

MPAS Appoints New Deputy Executive Director

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is pleased to announce that Michelle Roberts has been appointed as the agency’s new Deputy Executive Director.  MPAS, a nonprofit advocacy organization, protects the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan through free and confidential services that include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

State sued over records about allegations at boys home

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is withholding key documents about abuse allegations at a Detroit home for boys, according to a lawsuit from a group that protects the rights of the developmentally disabled.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, known as MPAS, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Department of Health and Human Services. The independent group is empowered under state and federal law to investigate abuse and neglect claims, and it wants to know more about the Paul Martin Home for Boys.