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, local advocates, community leaders and service providers. We support folks who live in AFC, family homes, independent settings and those requiring group home support.
- Our Iosco County RICC group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-3pm at various locations in the area. Contact Sue at (989) 739-1469 for details on meeting location.
o Some of the RICC members sit on Bullyfree Iosco (which meets during the school year) once a month with local law enforcement and education folks. We also sit on ITC local advisory council and the Iosco Human Services Coordinating Council . At this time there are no events scheduled, however, please check this site for updates as the school year begins.
- Ogemaw RICC meetings are open to the community and meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 12:30p-2:30p. Contact Tammy at (989)345-5571 for details
o Upcoming events:
- Aug. 27, 2014. 11a-3p RICC workshop on “How to run a effective meeting”
- Aug. 28, 2014 7:00p Flag ceremony will be at the County bldg. in West Branch.
- Sept. 3, 2014 10a-2p MSU Ext. will be presenting a workshop on Health and Nutrition/”How to grow and use herbs.”
- RICC has helped our members to find a voice, to advocate about issues that are important to them,to get involved in state policy and legislation, to make a positive impact on our community, and to take part in the Disability Movement. We meet with our state representative Bruce Rendon on a monthly basis about our concerns.
- Ogemaw RICC has made a difference in our community by resurrecting our county flag.
- The RICC team is also currently working on an update to their newsletter, which will be posted here with updates as they become available.
Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP)
The CAP is made of consumers from Out Patient, ACT, Adult Case Management and Co-Occurring programs. There is reserved space for one representative from each of the three counties we serve from each program totaling, 12 participants. The CAP meets approximately every other month to report on each of their prospective programs, sharing successes and challenges. CAP has recently been asked to take an active role at designing the new AVCMHA website.
Day of Education, sponsored by the NMRE, is held on an annual basis. This event takes in the spring and/or fall usually at Tree Tops resort in Gaylord. The NMRE brings in a variety of speakers to provide education and information on the latest happening in the world of mental health.
Stay tuned for further details and photos.