Information and Referral
- Many families simply need information on a given topic or service, and then
can accomplish their goal without further assistance. For these families, our
commitment to information and referral is helpful. We provide information by
mail or over the telephone at no cost. We also maintain a library of articles,
books and videos available to members at no cost. In addition, a quarterly
newsletter is produced and distributed to members and stakeholders.
Often times, people with developmental disabilities and their
families must work with a variety of confusing bureaucracies to
obtain the supports they need. They may have difficulty finding or
accessing services for special education, community mental health
services, housing, Social Security, Medicaid and other areas. The
staff and members of The Arc of Central Michigan can help families
to find what they need by assisting with phone calls, letters,
attending meetings and even community organizing, if need be. This
service is available to families at no cost.
- Arc Financial Choices Program
Trainings and Workshops
- The Arc coordinates speakers annually to address a variety of
Representative Payee Services
Our representative payee program helps to make sure that
individuals are not taken advantage of financially. Staff can
receive and deposit monthly SSI and SSDI payments and pay a
This program is offered at a sliding scale fee that is generally
lower than the one the Social Security Administration allows
organizations to charge.
Independent Facilitation for
Person Centered Planning
provides facilitators upon the request of an individual to assist
with coordinating their Person Centered Plans. This service is
provided to consumers utilizing mental health services within a four
county region. Occasionally, The Arc will facilitate plans for
those individuals not receiving mental health services and are
interested in using facilitation to plan for the future.
Facilitators minimally do the following:
individuals in inviting the people that they want.
on topics of the individual's choice.
information about resources and options available to the person.
- Assure there
is a recording of the meeting.
- Help to
establish links to the community.
individuals to needed supports from service agencies.
Annual Arc Expo
- An event held annually to provide information to the community
regarding various disability related topics.
Annual dance sponsored for individuals and members to have fun and enjoy
- An event for members to attend to meet other members, network and
support one another.
- Dinner provided to members to thank them for their support throughout
the year, review the annual report, and conduct general membership