Current Projects

The Arc Michigan manages several statewide projects that provide training, support, and/or services. 

Partners Advancing Self Determination

PAS will increase the quality and use of arrangements that support self-determination for people with developmental disabilities in Michigan by working at the local and state levels providing free state-level technical assistance, training, and support to local PAS Advancement Teams to improve Community Mental Health (CMH) processes to help make sure people are able to direct their own services.  Partners Advancing Self-Determination Logo

For more information contact:

Jill Gerrie, Project Coordinator

800 292-7851 ext. 114

Michigan Alliance for Families

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. Our goal is to increase the involvement of families in their children’s education. To do this, we offer learning opportunities across the state, leadership mentoring, and support.

More information is available at


or you can contact:

Your Regional Parent Mentor


Person Centered Planning Quality Improvement Project

The Arc Michigan has partnered with Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) to evaluate and improve Person and Family-Centered Planning across Michigan’s Behavioral Health Provider System. Person Centered Planning Quality Improvement Project


More information is available at

or you can contact:

Marie Eagle, Project Coordinator

Pooled Amenities Trust

Financial planning is possible for people with disabilities and their families even though many people receive public benefits that put a strict limit on the amount of assets, or resources, that a person may have. A special needs trust offers a way to protect and manage resources for people with disabilities, without risking their benefits. There are differences that make a pooled trust better than a traditional trust for many people, particularly for families of modest means.   

More information is available at

The Arc Michigan Pooled Amenities Trust 

or you can contact:

Cathy McRae, Project Coordinator

800 292-7851 ext. 119


Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a step by step process to assist people with disabilities, receiving benefits from Social Security, with understanding how employment will affect their Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other benefits they may receive. WIPA also helps beneficiaries to understand how they can increase their financial independence. Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) Logo

More information is available at

or you can contact:

Cathy McRae, Project Coordinator

800-292-7851 ext. 119

Michigan Family Voices

Michigan Family Voices is a grassroots collaborative that exists to identify and mobilize current and new family member and individual leaders to create a network across the state that will impact and affect positive change in policy.  The group will create and maintain a statewide network of Leaders to inform, build relationships with  and/or work in partnership with decision-makers at all levels  

More information is available at

Michigan Family Voices

or you can contact:

800-292-7851 ext. 472