Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council operates under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, also known as the "DD Act," and Michigan Executive Order 2016-20.

Among the council's tasks and activities are:

To act as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities, as a strong voice working on behalf of those citizens; and to increase access to appropriate treatment, services and habilitation for such disabilities. Objectives of this advocacy include supporting and encouraging people to take control of their lives through community-wide, results-oriented action.

To channel federal funds, in the form of grants, where they can do the most good and carry out the Five-Year Strategic State Plan. The grants are awarded to state and local agencies and organizations (grantees) in Michigan. These state and local groups create programs and services that support people with developmental disabilities and the objectives of the DD Council. Programs and services that receive council grants are monitored for their productivity and results. These programs lead to independence, community inclusion and productivity for Michigan citizens with developmental disabilities.

To maintain and financially support a very effective system of local networking groups across the state known as "regional inclusive community coalitions," or RICCs. Each RICC -- there are 31 of them -- offers lines of communication and information to local agencies that support people with developmental disabilities. Members of the RICCs come from these local groups, thus solidifying objectives and ensuring results.  

To work together with other human service agencies to assist persons with developmental disabilities and to help carry out Council responsibilities set forth in the Developmental Disabilities Act.

Click here to access the Developmental Disabilities Council homepage and meeting information

Statute

Executive Order 2016-20

Contact Information

Vendella Collins
201 Townsend Street, Suite 120

Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 335-3158

Fax: (517) 335-2751

TDD: (517) 335-3171

Email: collinsv1@michigan.gov 

 

Members

 

Mark McWilliams, Lansing
Represents an individual representing the protection and advocacy system with sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementation
Term ends 9/30/17
 
Sharon Milberger, Farmington Hills
Represents an individual representing a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities education, research, and service
Term ends 9/30/17
 
Paul Palmer, Lansing - Chair
Represent individuals with a developmental disability
Term ends 9/30/17
 
Deborah Rock, Pewamo
Represents a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities
Term ends 9/30/17
 
Tammy Yeomans, Grand Rapids
Represents individuals with a developmental disability
Term ends 9/30/17
 
Heidi DeVries, Grand Rapids
Represents individuals with a developmental disability
Term ends 9/30/18
 
Steven Johnson, West Olive
Represents a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities
Term ends 9/30/18
 
Richard Kline, Grand Rapids
Represents an individual from the state agency that administers funds provided under the Older Americans Act of 1965
Term ends 9/30/18
 
Lisa Grost, DeWitt
Represents both an individual from the state agency that administers funds provided under Title V of the Social Security Act and an individual from the state agency that administers funds provided under Title XIX of the Social Security Act
Term ends 9/30/18
 
Janet Timbs, Mount Morris
Represents an individual from the state agency that administers funds provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Term expires 9/30/19
 
Lois Arnold, Mt. Pleasant
Represents a local, non-governmental agency concerned with services for individuals with developmental disabilities with sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementation
Term ends 9/30/19
 
David Taylor, Ferndale
Represent individuals with a developmental disability
Term ends 9/30/19
 
Roslynn Williams, Saginaw
Represents a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities
Term ends 9/30/19
 
Matt Bolger, Lansing
Represents a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities
Term ends 9/30/20
 
Denise Simmons, Oak Park
Represents a parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities
Term ends 9/30/20