Family, community, and legal advocacy are hallmarks of the ARC's efforts. The ARC has advocates from employees and volunteers to assist individuals and families with a variety of needs. Advocates may:
Family, community and legal advocacy are hallmarks of the ARC's efforts. The ARC has advocates from employees and volunteers to assist individuals and families with a variety of needs.
Attend/represent at their children's Individual Education Planning (IEP) or Person Centered Planning (PCP) meetings & advise on their rights.
Collaborate with local agencies & groups to encourage understanding & acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Assist in managing financial resources to ensure that eligibility for benefits is maintained.
Plan for a secure future, including letters of intent, consultations on wills & trusts, & alternatives to guardianship.
Facilitate access to services provided by the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority & assist in the person-centered planning process.
Consult with attorneys, individuals with disabilities, and/or families to ensure fair and equitable treatment by the judicial system.
Provide information & assistance with acquiring public benefits and entitlements.
Provide advice & guidance in pursuing the public service system grievance & appeals process
The Arc serves as Representative Payee for individuals receiving Social Security benefits. We work with individuals and their support providers to develop a budget to ensure that needs for housing, food, and clothing are met.
Once the basics are addressed, we will help budget monthly income to pay past due bills, develop plans for future expenditures, and provide spending money, all in conjunction with the individual’s hopes, wishes, and desires.