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MPAS Thanks MDCH Director Jim Haveman for Commitment to People with Disabilities

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director, Jim Haveman, stepped down from his post, effective Sept. 12., 2014, after many years of successes and accomplishments including many achievements benefiting individuals with disabilities in the state.

"During Director Haveman's tenure in public service, Michigan saw great strides in the efforts to promote independence and community inclusion for people with disabilities," said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.  "We wish the director nothing but the best in his retirement and will continue to be grateful for his outstanding contributions towards the individuals we represent."

Haveman was originally appointed director of MDCH in 1996 under the Engler administration after spending five years as the Director of the Department of Mental Health (what is essentially now MDCH).  After serving in that capacity from 1996 to 2003, Haveman stepped down to pursue other endeavors only to be re-appointed director of MDCH under the Snyder administration in 2012.     

During Haveman's combined tenure as director of MDCH, the State of Michigan has seen vast accomplishments in the realm of advancing community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness (MI).  These accomplishments include the closure of many of the state operated institutions for individuals with I/DD and MI and the commitment to person centered planning as the individualized blueprint for determining supports and services for eligible individuals.  More recently, Director Haveman has helped lead the bipartisan Mental Health and Wellness Commission and the successful launch of the Healthy Michigan Plan.

MPAS thanks Director Haveman for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in Michigan and wishes him all the best in his retirement.

Photo: MDCH Director Jim Haveman (left) and MPAS Executive Director Elmer L. Cerano (right).

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September 12, 2014