Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team (DD-PIT) Membership, Application, and Review Process

The charge of the Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team (DD-PIT) is to advise and make policy recommendations, guided by promising practices that empower people with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and their families across the state of Michigan with a focus on person centered planning, self-determination, and family and youth guided principles.


The vision of the Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team is that all adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have the supports and services necessary to be healthy, safe, and successfully:


  • Contribute to their communities;
  • Earn an income in a non-segregated, community setting;
  • Live in their own homes;
  • Have full community inclusion, meaningful participation and membership;
  • Have friendships and relationships; and
  • Have a fulfilling life.


The vision of the Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team for children (under age 18) with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families is that they have the supports, services and advocacy necessary for the child to be healthy, safe and successfully:


  • Live with a supportive birth or adoptive family;
  • Acquire an education in their neighborhood community school;
  • Be active in the neighborhood and community activities;
  • Enjoy childhood and have friendships and relationships; and
  • Develop and prepare for adult life.


The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team is to promote, articulate, encourage, provide leadership, and make recommendations that enable people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to achieve the lives they envision wherever they reside in Michigan. This mission is actualized through DDPIT special reports and recommendations to the BPHASA for improvements to supports and services. Additionally, the Developmental Disabilities Practice Improvement Team seeks to disseminate this information to CMHSPs/PIHPs and advocacy organizations



DD-PIT Membership is open to any person 18 years of age or older associated with developmental disabilities supports and services provided through Michigan’s Medicaid Program behavioral health system or is a current member of DD-PIT.


DD-PIT Member Expectations

  • Members are expected to be developmental disabilities community allies, behavioral health system partners, people with lived experience and their family members.
  • Members are expected to provide feedback to the Deputy and Division Directors of BPHASA/AHCBS, on various policy and service issues facing the developmental disabilities community and their families.
  • Members will empower, and raise awareness of the various developmental disability initiatives, resources, and supports to the attention of others across the state.

Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in sub-committee or standing committees. Members promote and support promising/emerging practices for supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Current Membership

Core members of DD-PIT will serve in one-year terms and will confirm continued participation in DDPIT in March of each calendar year.

Core Member Representatives

  • The Arc Michigan, DD-PIT Chair
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration (BPHASA), Quality Management & Planning (QMP) Division
  • Adults and Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
  • Parents or Family Members of Adults and Youth[1] with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
  • Disability Rights Michigan
  • Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute
  • Pre-Paid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) Representative
  • Pre-Paid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) or Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) Administrator (Utilization Management, Finance, or similar role
  • Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) Representative
  • Representative of Independent Facilitators, Supports Brokers, or Independent Supports Coordinators

Application for Membership

Following annual Core Membership commitment, vacant core membership positions will be posted on the DD-PIT webpage following the May DD-PIT meeting.  Any person interested in applying for membership to the DDPIT must complete the DDPIT Membership Application Form, which can be found at the Arc Michigan’s website, www.arcmi.org


**Prior to applying for DD-PIT Membership, please review current vacant positions.

Assistance in completing the DD-PIT Application can be requested through the DD-PIT email, ddpit@arcmi.org.
Requests for assistance will be distributed to current DD-PIT membership for availability to assist.


Applications will be accepted from June 1 – June 30th of each calendar year.

Review Sub-Committee

  • All applications received during the open membership period will be reviewed during July.
  • Membership decisions will be based on membership criteria and current vacant core membership openings.
  • Following review of submitted applications, all applicants will participate in an interview with the Membership Sub-Committee.
  • Membership recommendations will be presented by the Membership Sub-Committee to the full DD-PIT during the August meeting.
  • Applications will be voted on by full DD-PIT Membership.
  • Applicants will be notified of their membership decision via email no later than August 31st.
  • Approved membership will be effective October 1 through September 30.


Apply for Membership Click Here For A Printable Application Form

Upon completion, print & mail to
Marie Eagle,
c/o The Arc Michigan,
1325 S. Washington Ave.,
Lansing, MI.  48910


[1] For DD-PIT activities, youth is defined as individuals ages 0-21.