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About Us

Indiana Disability Rights is the service arm of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission. Our mission and vision guide our work every day.

Mission

To uphold, promote, and advance the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy to achieve a more equitable society.

Vision

To live in a fully accessible, equitable society where people with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, are free to be effective advocates, and are free to fully exercise their civil, legal, and human rights, ensuring full inclusion.


The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission

The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission is the governing authority of Indiana Disability Rights. The Commission is responsible for assuring adequate legal and advocacy services for the protection, promotion, and empowerment of the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout Indiana.

The Commission provides direction and advice on Indiana Disability Rights' 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 Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) is a member of the 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.

Commission Members

Representative Tony Cook, Advisory MemberHouse District 32Legislative Appointment 
Tom EasterdayBoone CountyGubernatorial Appointment
Shawn FultonMarion CountyCommission Appointment
Jacob Griffin, MHAC ChairDearborn County 
Doris Renee HaackDelaware CountyCommission Appointment
Leonard HoopsMarion CountyGubernatorial Appointment
Ray LayMarion CountyCommission Appointment
Senator Jean Leising, Advisory MemberSenate District 42Legislative Appointment
Amber O'Haver, ChairHendricks CountyCommission Appointment
Jalyn  Radziminski, Vice ChairAllen CountyCommission Appointment

Contact a Commission Member
Please send comments to IPAS Commission in care of the Executive Director.
Melissa Keyes, Executive Director
Indiana Disability Rights
4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 100,
Indianapolis, IN 46205
ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org

Join the Commission
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. If you are interested in joining the IPAS Commission, please complete the application linked below or contact Melissa Keyes, Executive Director, via email at ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.

IPAS Commission Application
IPAS Commission Application in Large Print

2022 Meeting Dates:
Friday, February 18, 2022 (virtual meeting) - click here to view the Executive Session agenda; click here to view the Public Meeting agenda
Wednesday, May 5, 2022 (special meeting; virtual) - click here to view the agenda
Friday, May 20, 2022 (virtual meeting) - click here to view the Executive Session agenda; click here to view the Public Meeting agenda
Friday, August 19, 2022
Friday, December 2, 2022

Public Meeting - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Meetings are open to the public and media is welcome. Contact Indiana Disability Rights at 1-800-622-4845 to request accommodations.

Location: Indiana Disability Rights 
4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 100,
Indianapolis, IN 46205


Mental Health Advisory Council

The Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) is composed of ten members from Indiana. The MHAC advises the IPAS Commission and Indiana Disability Rights on issues that impact individuals with mental and behavioral health issues in Indiana. Meetings are held quarterly in Indianapolis.

Council Members

J'Andra AntisdelSt. Joseph County
Nicole Beeman-CadwallerMarion County
Samantha Brinkman, Vice ChairMarion County

Kari Diedrich-Fritz

Marshall County
Jacob Griffin, ChairDearborn County
Jennifer Loop-MillerSt. Joseph County
Treavor OakersonRandolph County
Rachel Roman-LagunasMarion County
Joanne TedescoHamilton County

Join the MHAC
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. If you are interested in joining the Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) please complete the application linked below or contact Melissa Keyes, Executive Director, via email at ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.

MHAC Application
MHAC Application in Large Print

2022 Meeting Dates:
Wednesday, February 16 (virtual meeting) - click here to view the Executive Session agenda; click here to view the Public Meeting agenda
Wednesday, May 18 (virtual meeting) - click here to view the Executive Session agenda; click here to view the Public Meeting agenda
Wednesday, August 17
Wednesday, November 30

Public Meeting - 12:30-2 PM
Meetings are open to the public and media is welcome. Contact Indiana Disability Rights at 1-800-622-4845 to request accommodations.

Location: Indiana Disability Rights 
4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 100,
Indianapolis, IN 46205