Partners Advancing Self-Determination

Partners Advancing Self-Determination (PAS) is a collaborative effort with the Behavioral, Physical, and Aging Services Administration (BPHASA) that works to increase the availability and use of arrangements that support self-determination, also known as self-directed services, for people with developmental disabilities in Michigan.  We are funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council in a grant to The Arc Michigan.


We uphold the principles of self-determination for all Michigan citizens: Freedom, Responsibility, Authority, Support and Confirmation.


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In fiscal year 2023:

  • PAS, in collaboration with the Self-Determination analyst, convenes the Budget Authority Workgroup to develop and make recommendations to BPHASA for policy change to assure that people in Michigan have authority over their services budget.  This workgroup includes people with lived experience, family members, advocates, and providers.

  • PAS, with the Budget Authority Workgroup and BPHASA, will gain stakeholder buy-in for the recommendations to improve budget authority.

  • PAS will provide educational sessions to people with disabilities and their family members about the technical requirements/guidance and the updated Self-Directed Services Policy.

  • For those interested Community Mental Health agencies that put together a team with the required members, PAS will provide eight virtual sessions designed to improve policies and practices for self-directed services.

  • PAS will continue to collaborate with the Self-Determination Analyst as it works on budget authority, the educational sessions, any issues that arise, and will participate in quarterly meetings with leadership at the Behavioral, Physical, Aging Services Administration and the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.

Below is a summary of the information compiled from our last survey in August/Sept 2022.


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Jill Gerrie
The Arc Michigan
1325 S. Washington Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48910
(517) 492-5029 Direct Line
(517) 487-0303 Fax

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Funding for this project is from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council