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 2006-12.

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 2006-12

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

 

Elmer Cerano, White Lake

Protection and advocacy system in Michigan

Term expires 9/30/14

 

Vacant

An individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/14

 

Barbara LeRoy
University  Center For Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education
Term expires 9/30/14

 

Kristin Kleinheksel, Muskegon

Represents individuals with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/15

 

Robert Brown, Holland

Represents parents or guardians of an individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/15

 

Heidi DeVries, Kentwood

Represents individuals with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/15 


Kristen Columbus, Tecumseh

Represents parents or guardian with a child with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/15

 

Vacant

Represents parents or guardian with a child with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/15  
 

Marnie Wills, Lansing
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Richard Suhrheinrich, Okemos

Parent or guardian with a child with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

David Taylor, Ferndale

An individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Jill Barker, Ann Arbor

Parent or guardian with a child with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Jane Reagan, Williamston
Department of Education (IDEA)

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Deborah Wiese, East Lansing

Department of Human Services

Term expires 9/30/16 

 

Andre Sargent, Ludington
Parent or guardian with a child with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Vacant

An individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16 
 

Vacant
Immediate relative or guardian of an adult with mentally impairing disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

Jeremiah Prusi, Marquette

An individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/16

 

David Verseput, Holt

Department of Community Health

Term expires 9/30/16

Deborah Rock, Pewamo
Parent of guardian with a child with developmental disabilities
Term expires 9/30/18

 

Paul Palmer, Lansing

An individual with developmental disabilities

Term expires 9/30/18