MDDC is the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. MDDC is dedicated to support people with developmental disabilities so that they may achieve their life dreams. One of the council’s tasks and activities is to act as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities, as a strong voice working on behalf of those citizens; and to increase access to appropriate treatment, services and habilitation for such disabilities. Objectives of this advocacy include supporting and encouraging people to take control of their lives through community-wide, results-oriented action.
- More information on MDDC may be found on their website at: http://www.michigan.gov/ddcouncil
MPAS is the Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. MPAS is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of the State of Michigan to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS services include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.
- More information on MPAS may be found on their website at: http://mpas.org
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
- To learn more about NAMI you may review their website at http://www.nami.org
Or you may contact them by phone at 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
RICC stands for “Regional Inclusive Community Coalition”. A RICC is a local grassroots group of people that is funded and supported by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council). Members include people with disabilities, family members, friends, local advocates, community leaders and service providers. RICCs are the self-advocacy part of the DD Council. Self-advocates speak out for themselves and promote their own rights. When self-advocates work together, like through a RICC, they can be much more powerful and more likely to change the way the community responds to people with disabilities. Through local advocacy, communities can develop ways to better meet the needs of people with disabilities.
- To learn more about our local RICC programs, please contact AVCMHA and speak with Ken at (989)345-5571, or Gerard at (989) 739-1469. Or you may contact Cathy Boissoneau, Region 4 Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
- To learn more about SAMHSA you may review their website at: http://www.samhsa.gov/