MCBDDS Advocacy Groups

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

For Individuals

Community-Based Self-Advocacy Group for Individuals

Voices Matter
 is a community-based self-advocacy group sponsored by the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services.  The group meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the community. For information about the group or meetings, call 937-837-9279 or email Voices Matter.

Facility-Based Advocacy Councils 

Individuals in MCBDDS Adult Services programs are encouraged to join the Advocacy Council at the building where they receive services.  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 the officers of the MCBDDS facility-based Advocacy Councils 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. 

For Families

Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC) 

MCBDDS sponsors a group known as the Parents & Advocates Advisory Council (PAAC), which offers family members, guardians, advocates of people with developmental disabilities, and providers of services the opportunity to meet and discuss issues of interest with MCBDDS leadership.

Meetings are usually held quarterly on the third Monday at the Kenneth W. Ritchey Administrative Center, 5450 Salem Avenue, Dayton, 45426, though they may be held the second Monday during months when there are federal holidays. They may also be canceled due to inclement weather or other conflicts.   2018 meeting dates include:

  • February 12, 2018 (second Monday)
  • June 18, 2018
  • September 17, 2018
  • December 10, 2018 (second Monday)

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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.