Individuals in Adult Services are encouraged to join groups to advocate for themselves. Several advocacy options are available:
Facility-Based Advocacy Council
Each facility-based Advocacy Council meets monthly to talk about:
- Building concerns
- Issues and concerns about the agency
- Work wages
- Trainee/employee concerns
- Safety and welfare concerns
- Short and long-range planning
- Suggestions to improve the facility and services
- Programming/activity ideas
- Other concerns as deemed necessary by the council.
The council membership is voluntary at each facility. The council, management and staff representatives work as a team to solve problems, use resources efficiently, and answer questions. If you have interest in joining a facility-based advocacy council, please contact your Habilitation Specialist.
Peer-elected officers from each building advocacy council attends quarterly Listening Sessions with the MCBDDS Superintendent to provide feedback and discuss agency-wide, local, state and federal issues.
Montgomery County Advocacy Council
The Montgomery County Advocacy Council, also known as MCAC, is comprised of self-advocate officers who are elected by their peers throughout all of the adult programs operated by MCBDDS. This group promotes and advances awareness and changes for people with disabilities. Membership is voluntary. This group meets every other month and focuses on combining resources to promote awareness on a county and state level, beyond what the facility-based council does within each building. This group has hosted and attended local and state conferences/trainings to improve their advocacy skills.
Family Support Groups
Family Support Groups, also referenced as Parent Advocate Groups, are comprised of active members who have loved ones enrolled in the Adult Services programs at MCBDDS. These groups hold regular meetings; however, MCBDDS does not oversee or organize these support groups. For those interested in more information about these groups should contact a building Division Manager, who will connect you directly with a group member to get you meeting and group information.
MCBDDS does, however, sponsor a Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC) that meets on a monthly basis. For information about this group, along with meeting locations, dates and times, please visit the PAAC page.