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MDHHS issues RFPs to support individuals with developmental disabilities

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for Leadership, Engagement and Advocacy Development (LEAD) to support individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The MDDC seeks an organization to develop a program that provides intensive training for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and parents of minor children with I/DD. The training will help individuals in Michigan learn to achieve systems change by being effective public policy advocates at the state and federal level. The program will also help individuals become leaders in the disability advocacy movement and in the public discussion of policies that impact their lives and roles in the community.

The RFP is open to private non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and governmental agencies with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  The successful applicant for this RFP will be awarded up to $1,372,000 over a five-year grant period, and will ensure recruitment, participation and completion of participants from African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Arab-American, and Native American communities. 

Only one application will be accepted from each applicant.  Applications, any related materials, and attachments must be submitted electronically using the DD Suite website by Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. To apply for the LEAD grant or for detailed instructions on how to register for an account with DD Suite, visit the DD Suite website at

Any questions about the RFP or for technical assistance with the DD Suite website, please contact Tedra Jackson at 517-284-7294 or Questions about the RFP must be received by Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.  The MDDC will compile all relevant questions and answers and post these as well as any other clarifications or revisions to the initial RFP by Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, on the MDDC website.

For full RFP details and additional information about the MDDC and its programs, visit the Council’s website at