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Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS), on Lt. Governor Brian Calley's Special Education Task Force Reforms:

"I want to commend Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley for his success in bringing together the Special Education Task Force appointed by the Governor. Mr. Calley's leadership created an environment where people with a wide variety of diverse opinions were able to honestly communicate about the real and perceived obstacles to improving educational outcomes for all students.

Parental rights training in Flint

Advocacy groups to host parental rights training in Flint

MPAS Gets Federal Guidance on Behavior Support

One of the most powerful and effective tools for students with disabilities who have behavior issues at school is the Behavior Intervention Plan (or BIP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA) says that the use of a Behavior Intervention Plan can be an important part of a Free and Appropriate Public Education and may be one of the supports written in a student's Individualized Education Program (or IEP).

Self-Advocates of Michigan Seeking Applicants for Board of Directors

Self-Advocates of Michigan is now accepting applications for their Board of Directors.

•Members of the board must be adults (18 and over) with a developmental disability.
•Please type or write clearly.
•Incomplete applications will not be considered.
•Deadline for submission is 5:00pm, Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Federal Court Orders Flint Community Schools to Provide Access to Student Records

State-authorized advocacy agency, when acting with parents' consent, has access to records of students with disabilities

(LANSING) - On November 23, a federal court in Detroit ordered Flint Community Schools to provide copies of school records to parents of students with disabilities and Michigan's protection and advocacy agency promptly upon request.

Keeping Kids in School - Free Training


Keeping Kids in School - Free Training


ABLE Account Legislation Passes Michigan House

Savings accounts to assist and provide greater financial opportunities for disabled individuals cleared the full House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, signed into law at the federal level late last year, gives states the ability to establish ABLE accounts for those with a disability occurring prior to 26 years of age. The savings accounts are tax exempt and can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life for those with disabilities without taking away certain essential benefits such as Medicaid.

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: