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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

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The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS), our governing authority, has the responsibility to assure adequate legal and advocacy services for the protection, promotion and empowerment of the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout Indiana.

The IPAS Commission provides direction and advice on the agency's activities, goals, and policies.

Federal law requires that the Commission be composed of members who broadly represent or are knowledgeable about the needs of the individuals served by the Protection and Advocacy system.

Membership must include individuals with developmental disabilities who are eligible for services or have received or are receiving services, or parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals. In addition, the Chair of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) automatically is a member of the IPAS Commission.

No more than one-third of the members of the Commission may be appointed by the governor (42 USCA 6042). The Commission appoints the remaining nine members. Members serve three-year terms and may not serve more than five consecutive terms.

Serving on the IPAS Commission in an advisory, non-voting capacity is one member of the Indiana Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and one member of the Indiana House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Next IPAS Commission Quarterly Meeting

May 14th, 2016
Executive Session (closed to public)

Public Meeting (open to public & media welcome)

Location:  Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services
                 4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222
                 Indianapolis, Indiana 46205   

Public Policy Advocacy Opportunity Available

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) is looking for new Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) member applicants. Members must be committed to promoting the legal and civil rights of people with disabilities, and to the cause of protecting those individuals’ rights to make their own choices. Persons interested in serving may contact Dawn Adams, Executive Director, via email at

Click here to view a brochure that gives more information on both the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council.

Commission Members

 Doug Goeppner, Chair Person  Dubois County  Commission Appointment
 Kyle Lloyd, Vice Chair Person  Grant County  Commission Appointment
 Linda Driggs, Secretary  Clinton County  Gubernatorial Appointment
 Leisa Barber  Spencer County  MIAC Appointment
 Representative Dale DeVon, Advisory Member  House District 5  Legislative Appointment
 Marci Haw  Marion County  Commission Appointment
 Mary Hunnicutt Allen County  Commission Appointment
Senator Jean Leising, Advisory Member Senate District 42  Legislative Appointment
 Melanie Motsinger  Allen County  Commission Appointment
 Karen Niemeier  Hancock County  Commission Appointment
  Justin Ogden   Boone County  Commission Appointment
 Susan Smith  Miami County  Gubernatorial Appointment
 Robert Walson Marion County  Gubernatorial Appointment
 Lisa Wells   Hamilton County  Commission Appointment
 Theresa Willard  Hamilton County  Gubernatorial Appointment

To contact a commission member

Please send comments to IPAS in care of the Executive Director.
Dawn Adams, Executive Director
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46205