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MPAS PAIMI Council Meeting

The next PAIMI Council meeting will be held on May 09, 2017.

PAIMI Council Meeting
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.

Passage of Restraint and Seclusion Legislation

Mark McWilliams, Director of Public Policy at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS), on Passage of Restraint and Seclusion Legislation:

MPAS Board of Directors Meeting

The governing board for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is comprised of individuals who are diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, geographical location, gender and disability. A majority of the governing board members must be individuals with disabilities or have an immediate family member with a disability. The board oversees and approves budgetary, priority, and policy issues and generally meets four times a year.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on December 20, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Priorities and Objectives for FY 2017

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

Priority 1:  Eliminate abuse and neglect

  • Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to restraint or seclusion.
  • Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to abuse or neglect, including inappropriate or coercive treatments.

Priority 2:  Increase the protection of individual rights, independence and self-determination

Substantiated Abuse and 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. MPAS files complaints against individual licenses after the state substantiates abuse or neglect in a facility where those professionals provide patient care or supervise care providers.

2015 Teacher of the Year now fighting district over her son's educational rights

This article orginally appeared on WXYZ by Kim Russel.
7:09 PM, May 24, 2016
10:09 AM, May 25, 2016

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Last year she was celebrated by her district - named 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Now one mother and teacher says she is being forced by the Walled Lake Consolidated School District to fights for her son’s legal rights. 

Melody Arabo showed 7 Action News video of her five-year-old son Adam writing numbers. He and his twin brother Ashton learned to write their numbers in kindergarten at Keith Elementary in Walled Lake Schools.

Meet the 2016 Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest Winners

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of our annual
Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest.
 
MPAS holds this contest each year in honor of an outstanding disability rights advocate, Ernie Reynolds, who passed away in 2012.
 
The three winners of our essay contest each submitted an essay about advocating for themselves or others and described how they overcame barriers and achieved success.
Congratulations, once again, to the winners!
 
1st Place:

Advocates sue after Flint students ‘pushed out’

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News, 03.14.16, written by Jennifer Chambers.
(PHOTO CAPTION INFORMATION  - Rachel Kirksey talks about her lawsuit against Flint Schools in her Flint, MI home February 3, 2016. Behind her are several cases of bottled water. (John M. Galloway/Special to the News)

Flint — The calls came almost every day, while Marisa Sands was at work: her son Jea’len had misbehaved, disrupting the class, Flint school officials said. He had to be picked up.

Elmer L Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS), on the Introduction of Legislation to Limit Restraint and Seclusion in Michigan Schools:

Elmer L Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS), on the Introduction of Legislation to Limit Restraint and Seclusion in Michigan Schools

"This legislation is long overdue. Restraint and seclusion harms thousands of school children with disabilities in Michigan. We are excited that a broad coalition of policymakers, advocates, and educators has come together at last to address this serious issue. We look forward to adoption of meaningful legal limits on the use of these dangerous practices."

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