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MPAS Thanks MDCH Director Jim Haveman for Commitment to People with Disabilities

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director, Jim Haveman, stepped down from his post, effective Sept. 12., 2014, after many years of successes and accomplishments including many achievements benefiting individuals with disabilities in the state.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. 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.

MPAS Submits Comment on Revised Model Code of Student Conduct

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) submitted comments to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the proposed revisions to the Model Code of Student Conduct. The MDE is requesting the State Board of Education to approve the Model Code of Student Conduct 2014 at their August 2014 meeting.

Below is the commentary submitted by Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.

Statement from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) for the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

"The annual celebrations taking place across the country  commemorating the historic signing of the ADA come at a time when the achievements of the disability advocacy community have much to be encouraged about.

MPAS Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of our New and Improved Website

In July of 2013, MPAS launched its new and improved website. As the world changes, more and more people with disabilities and their families are turning to the internet for information, guidance, and assistance. Many of the more than 8,000 calls MPAS' Information, Referral and Education department receive annually are calls that can now be more readily assisted through an updated and user-friendly MPAS website.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) Applauds Successful Reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The bipartisan backed H.R. 803, better known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), was signed into law today, July 22, by President Obama after successfully passing the US House on July 9, 2014 by a vote of 415 to 6. The Senate passed WIOA on June 25 by a vote of 95-3.

MPAS' Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

July 2 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This momentous piece of legislation instilled the principles of equality and opportunity, absent of discrimination, for all Americans.  While no one can deny the historical significance of the Civil Rights Act, and the progress that has been made in its wake, too often we are still witnessing Americans with disabilities not being afforded those basic rights.     

Person-centered Advocacy and Mandatory Reporting Training

Certain professionals are subject to both state and federal statutes regarding mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect against adults with disabilities who are vulnerable.

Cuts to Community Mental Health Funding: How to Fight for your Services

Important information on the substantial changes in the funding of services provided by the Community Mental Health Systems