The Arc of Central Michigan
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Advocating for Resources in the
Community for Individuals with Disabilities
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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.

Advocacy - 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 financial topics.
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 consumer's bills. This program is offered at a fee.
Independent Facilitation for Person Centered Planning
The Arc 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:
- Assist individuals in inviting the people that they want.
- Focus on topics of the individual's choice.
- Share information about resources and options available to the person.
- Encourage group participation.
- Assure there is a recording of the meeting.
- Help to establish links to the community.
- Connect individuals to needed supports from service agencies.
Arc Sponsored Events:
Fall Harvest Dance - Annual dance sponsored for individuals and members to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Annual Picnic - An event for members to attend  to meet other members, network and support one another.
Annual Membership Meeting - Dinner for members to get together to hear what The Arc of Central Michigan has done in the last year, review the annual report, conduct general membership business, and get a feel for where we are headed for the next year.
If you would like more information on any of these services, please contact our office at (989) 773-8765.  If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message. 
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           PO Box 171
       Mt. Pleasant, MI
   (989) 773-8765

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