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