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.
Mission and Guiding Principles
The mission of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.
We work to fulfill our mission by:
- Working toward systemic changes that advance the rights of all people with disabilities and
- Advocating for individual rights when a case meets our board adopted priorities and case selection criteria.
- Information and referral
- Resolution of disability-related issues
- Technical assistance
- Legal representation, where appropriate
- Training, outreach, and seminars
- Monitoring for abuse and neglect in facilities
Our current priorities include:
- Eliminate Abuse and Neglect
- Increase the Protection of Individual Rights, Independence and Self-Determination
- Eliminate Employment Barriers and Protect Rights
- Improve Access to Services
- Ensure the Right to High Quality Education
We have office locations in Lansing and Marquette, serving Michigan for over 25 years.
In fiscal year 2014, our programs received funding from the following sources:
- 92% federal appropriations and grants
- 5% State of Michigan appropriations and grants
- 3% other