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Michigan disability benefits and assistance programs.

Several state government as well as non-profit agencies in Michigan focus on meeting the needs of the disabled and assisting them in any way possible. These government programs listed below are targeted just at those with a disability and all resources listed below are in addition to the standard programs offered by non-profits or charities. The state will provide them with benefits, job training and employment placement, grants for paying bills, medical care, counseling, and more.

Considering that about 15% of Michigan residents are considered disabled and receive some form of benefits or compensation, these government resources are under high demand. If you require assistance in finding a job, need referrals, assistive technology or other support then these organizations may be able to assist. There are even free ride and transportation services for the disabled as well.

Financial assistance programs for disabled people in MI

Disability benefits and cash compensation can be provided by the Michigan Department of Human Services, or DHS. This is the state’s primary public assistance agency. They also oversee all of the child and family welfare programs.

Provided income levels and other conditions are met, disabled residents may qualify for Food Assistance, Child Care, Medical Bill Assistance, Cash Compensation, Emergency Relief, Housing Programs, and much more. Another heavily demanded program is for LIHEAP heating Credit and cash grants for paying gas bills. Many of the benefits are intended to meet basic needs, such as shelter/rent, food, medical care, and similar items. The main number is 1-855-275-6424.

The Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency is the main organization that runs the Disability Compensation Act of Michigan. So they oversee a lot of the state’s laws, rules, and regulations. Among them include ensuring career and employer compliance, timely cash benefit payments, legal advocacy and other support. The agency and its staff work to efficiently administer service to all residents. Call 1-888-396-5041.

Job and employment services are offered by the Michigan Career and Technical Institute. This organization coordinates vocational and technical training programs to qualified disabled residents. Case managers and staff provide them with the supportive services needed to prepare them for future employment and career goals. There are even more low and stress fee income making opportunities out there. We have a list of them on the site, including such things as making money from Android and iPhone apps. Stop by your local county human services office or call 1-855-275-6424.




Free or low cost medical, health care, home services and social services

MDCH, or Michigan's Department of Community Health, is involved to offering health and medical care. The promote access to public health and government services. Some examples of solutions can include Medicaid applications, information on community clinics, and the disabled may be able to benefit from prescription assistance programs. 517-373-3740

The Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. works with the state to ensure that rights and laws are enforced for people with disabilities. They work to eliminate the abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities, eliminate employment barriers and enforce rights, improve access to necessary services, and also critical services are available for individuals to live successfully in the community. 800-288-5923.

The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons can provide opportunities to legally blind individuals. The state will help them function independently in society, achieve employability and do what it takes to live a fulfilling life.

The organization runs a Training Center. This can provide qualified clients with job training and social services. The aid is offered for those that are visually impaired or blind. The goal is to get people to  participate in every activity of daily living.

A number of community partners and non-profits work with staff from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. They help clients acquire the skills and assist them with overcoming the many challenges that may be presented by their blindness. One fairly unique component of this assistance program is the fact that about a third of the staff who work at the center are blind, so they can relate to residents. Call (269) 337-3848.

The Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing will help people that are Hard of Hearing and/or deaf citizens. The mission of this particular department is confirming the right of disabled Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons to the communication assistance that they may need. Services and benefits offered include Interpreter Information & Services, Equipment, Technical Support, Information & Referral, Hearing Aids, and testing. (517) 335-3165.

The disabled in Michigan often need free or low cost medical care. This may be medications, check ups, support such as insulin, access to community clinics, or even equipment so they can move around the home. It can often be a struggle to pay medical bills, as many disabled live on a fixed as well as limited income. As an example of the resources out there, find free community clinics in Michigan.







Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration is part of the MDCH that is referenced above. They enforce rules and regulations that are part of the Mental Health Code. They also oversee the Medicaid Waivers process for individuals with developmental disabilities, substance disorders, mental illness, and/or serious emotional disturbance. The state works with local county-based community mental health services programs to help people in their local communities. The telephone number is 517-373-3740.

Michigan School for the Deaf can provide people with academics, education, training and social excellence. This is offered for people from infancy to graduation. This is just another resource for those that need it.

Non-profits and additional government organizations in MI for the disabled

The Michigan Disability Network is a leading organization that helps coordinate services. There are local offices in most cities and counties. Find information here, or look before for other organizations, assistance programs, grants and more.

Arc of Michigan
Location is 1325 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI 48910
Call (800) 292-7851

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
456 Cherry S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(800) 466-8084

Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH)
6017 W. St. Joseph Hwy, Suite #200
Lansing, Michigan 48917
Main phone: (517) 372-4016

Autism Society of Michigan
2178 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864
Toll free number is (800) 223-6722

Brain Injury Association of Michigan
Location is 7305 Grand River, Suite 100
Brighton, MI 48114-7379
(800) 444-6443





Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Michigan
200 Museum Drive, Suite 101
Lansing, Michigan 48933
(888) 597-7809

Michigan Commission for the Blind
P.O. Box 30652
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone - (517) 373-2062
This organization runs the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Staff as part of this resource will work with disabled blind persons to help them find a job and maybe a career that suits their skills, abilities, and interest.

Michigan Deaf Association
Address: 49063 Churchill St.
Mattawan, MI 4 9071

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
Capitol View Building, 201 Townsend Street
Lansing, Michigan 48913
(517) 373-3740

Michigan Department of Human Services
Address is 235 S. Grand Ave., P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(866) 540-0008

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
Location - 1033 S. Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 334-6123

Michigan Office of Special Education, Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI  48909
(517) 373-9433

Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America
Address: 40550 Grand River Avenue
Novi, Michigan 48375
Toll free - (800) 638-MPVA (6782)

Michigan Public Service Commission
Mailing address is P.O. Box 30221
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-6180

Michigan Rehabilitation Council
3490 Belle Chase Way, Suite 110
Lansing, MI 48911-4263
Telephone - (877) 335-9370

Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Ann Arbor Main MRS Office
3810 Packard Road, Suite 170
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 677-1125

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Address: 790 W. Lake Lansing Rd Ste 500A
East Lansing, MI 48823
Call (517) 332-5691

Michigan State Schools for The Blind and Visually Impaired - Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach
1502 W Court Street, Suite 227
Flint,  MI 48503-5002
(888) 760-2206

Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
417 N. Seymour, Suite 10
Lansing, Michigan 48933
(800) 808-7452





National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter
21311 Civic Center Drive
Southfield, MI 48076

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
1938 Woodslee Drive
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 288-2270

School for the Deaf
1667 Miller Road
Flint, Michigan, 48503
Toll free number is (810) 257-1400

Tri-County Office on Aging
Address: 5303 South Cedar, Suite 1
Lansing, Michigan, 48911
(800) 405-9141

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Michigan
4970 Northwind Drive, Suite 102
East Lansing, MI 48823
(800) 828-2714

West Michigan Spina Bifida Organization
Location - 235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 240-9672

Western Michigan University Center for Disability Services Center for Disability Services
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5361
Main phone number is (269) 387-7200


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