Increase the Protection of Individual Rights, Independence and Self-Determination
Individuals with disabilities have certain rights regarding services and treatment. Organizations providing care or services have an obligation to abide by these regulations. Under the law, if an individual believes their rights have been violated, they can challenge those violations through a variety of rights protection systems. Rights protection systems include the Office of Recipient Rights, Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing, Bureau of Health Care Services, Bureau of Health Professionals, Michigan Peer Review Organization, Medicaid, Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Education, and Office of Civil Rights. Unfortunately, some of these offices are internal rights protection systems which can cause – or be believed to be – a conflict of interest. Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is working towards systemic change to ensure rights protection systems are independent and effective in enforcing the rights of individuals with disabilities.
1. Individuals with disabilities will not be deprived of their rights including those related to guardianship, advance directives, funeral representatives and voting.
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is the federally mandated
protection and advocacy system for Michigan which receives part of its
funding from the Administration on the Developmental Disabilities, the
Center for Mental Health Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and
the Social Security Administration.