Partners Advancing Self-Determination

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Funding for this project is from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council in grant # 20188060 to the Arc Michigan.

Partners Advancing Self-Determination (PAS)

is an exciting project done in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA). PAS is a grant project run by The Arc Michigan and funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.


The PAS goal is to increase the availability and use of arrangements that support self-determination for people with developmental disabilities in Michigan.


PAS staff, along with BHHDA, will provide free state-level technical assistance, training, and support to local Advancement Teams that want to improve Community Mental Health (CMH) processes to make sure people are able to direct their own services.


With BHDDA the Council will develop/refine state requirements and standards that ensure consistent, quality person-centered planning that results in changes in MDHHS/BHDDA policies, procedures, guidance, and technical assistance.


Beginning 12/15/18 We Will Be Recruiting PAS Advancement Teams!
Join our partnership!

Your team members are expected to include:

• *Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSPs or CMHs – staff with decision-making ability

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• *Intermediate School Districts (ISDs)

• *Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PHIPs – staff with decision-making ability)


• *People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)


• *Family members of people with developmental disabilities and allies


• Fiscal Intermediary staff

• Others (ad decided by your Advancement Team

*These are mandatory members


 Advancement Teams will participate in a three phase process:

Phase 1
Develop Team & Apply


  • Advancement Teams will recruit person(s) with developmental disabilities willing to participate and other Advancement Team members.
  • Fill out and submit application by 1-31-19.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the PAS Team and you will be notified by 2-28-19.

Phase 2
Training & Support





  •  An introductory session will include disability history, person-centered planning, independent facilitation, and the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) rules so that all team members will begin with the same understanding of these topics. 
  • A second session will focus on arrangements that support self-determination. There will be an overview and then a discussion of the process in use at the particular CMH. Team members will identify barriers to be addressed.
  • In the third session team members will develop a plan to address barriers. Additional topics will be customized for each group to focus on issues important to them

Phase 3



  • This phase will prepare the Team’s staff to do outreach presentations about self-determination and be a resource for self-directed services in their community.
  • Technical assistance and support will be provided by the PAS Staff and BHHDA to the Advancement Teams to help them: coordinate activities, exchange information, develop documentation, change/develop policies, assess progress on common goals, and provide mutual support.

Anticipated Outcomes include:

  • Increased number of people who use self-directed services yearly in the communities with a PAS Advancement Team
  • Increased satisfaction from those receiving services and greater ability to direct their lives
  • Improved ability by the Advancement Teams to support self-determination
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, and allies have increased knowledge of person-centered planning and self-determination.
  • MDHHS/BHDDA adopts and implements standards that ensure consistent, quality person-centered planning, that results in people with developmental disabilities directing their own supports and services, as indicated by changes in policies, guidance, procedures and technical assistance


We hope you will join Partners Advancing Self-Determination to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities in your community!

To apply to participate, please fill out the PAS Advancement Team Application electronically, send it by fax, or by postal service by 1/31/19 to:

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



Michigan DD CouncilFunding for this project is from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council