MCBDDS Advocacy Groups

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services offers numerous opportunities for advocacy within its program structure.

Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC)

Meets at 11 a.m. on the third Monday of each month (except July and November, when no meetings are held) at the Ritchey Administration Center, 5450 Salem Avenue, Dayton, 45426.

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, contact a building Division Manager, who will help you connect with a group member directly to get meeting and group information.

Individual-Driven Advocacy

Individuals in MCBDDS Adult Services programs are encouraged to join groups to advocate for themselves. Groups include:

Facility-Based Advocacy Council

Each Advocacy Council meets regularly 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
Council membership is voluntary at each facility. The council, management and staff work as a team to solve problems, use resources efficiently and answer questions.

Peer-elected officers from each building advocacy council attend a quarterly Listening Session 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.

The focus of this council is to work at combining resources to promote awareness on a county and state level, beyond what the facility-based council does within each building. This group also has the opportunity to attend conferences and trainings within the state to improve their advocacy skills.