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2014 Golf Outing - Register Now

Join us at the annual 2014 Golf Outing at Fox Creek Golf Course on May 18, 2014. This is not only our largest fundraiser of the year, but also a ton of fun.

Find out more and register your foursome today.

Know of someone who deserves recognition?

2013 -2014 The Arc NW Annual Awards
Please submit your nominations by the 5th of May.
email: or call The Arc Office: 313-532-7915
See the award descriptions here.

What can you do to help?

Challenging times are upon us. With the inception of the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority last October came significant funding cuts from the State to our mental health services. The State disproportionately cut funding to Wayne County. Many mental health services and programs are currently at risk, including Arc programs. Due to these cuts by the State, the Authority in turn eliminated its financial support for Arc programs which have been funded by CMH since 1991. The Arc NW no longer receives CMH funding for our Lekotek, After I’m Gone, Community Participation Project and Guardianship Alternatives Information Network (GAIN) programs. These programs provide important information and knowledge to access mental health services.

What can you do to help?
Let the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority and your state legislators know how you or your loved ones have benefited from Arc programs.

Call, if need be leave messages, or write Mr. Tom Watkins, the CEO of the Authority, Ms. Sandra Peppers, the COO, (and your legislators) and tell them the importance of funding The Arc's programs. Let them know what Lekotek has meant to your child and family, how After I’m Gone helped you understand how to access needed services, about the knowledge you now have after learning about the legal alternatives to guardianship, and the support your loved one received from Community Participation to plan meaningful activities.

Here's the address & phone number for the Detroit /Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA):
640 Temple, 8th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202

Contact Information for State and Federal Legislators (2013 - 2014)

Participants Needed...

...for a study about the social behaviors of adolescents and adults with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities. Parents/guardians of a child who is 12 years and older are invited to complete a short online survey about their child's social behaviors. These questions will ask about the child's background, ways the child interacts with others, and whether the child displays any behaviors that might make him/her more vulnerable to social victimization.

You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking the link below:
If the link above does not work, try copying the link into your web browser.

Thank you.
Marisa Fisher
Assistant Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University

Sign up for The Arc's Lekotek program today!

Powerful video series shows the pursuit of life's dreams and goals.

The Developmental Disabilities Institute's award-winning Possibilities series of videos focuses on the lives and accomplishments of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each 4-7 minute video highlights the journeys of different individuals, along with their family and friends, and illustrates the lives possible for all people as they mature, become independent, and pursue their life's dreams and goals.

The purpose of the Possibilities series is to present a vision of how individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families can lead the lives that they wish to lead, without barriers and in the direction they truly intend to go. The hope is that these films are viewed and shared by anyone looking to explore all of the possibilities that life has to offer!

We have featured “Emily” here on our page. You may click on this link to the Wayne State DDI and view the rest of the videos in the series.

Michigan Family Supports Initiative

Michigan Family Supports Initiative

Community Liaisons from The Arc of Northwest Wayne County empower individuals with developmental disabilities to reunite with their family and community through individualized planning, navigation to local services and supports, individual and family monitoring, technical support and program evaluation. Call 313-532-7915 for more information.

Download the MFSI brochure

The Arc NW 2014 Golf Outing
Fox Creek Golf Course, Livonia, MI, United States
Sun May 18, 2014 | 7:00am - 5:00pm

See info on this website or call: 313-532-7915

The Arc NW Annual Meeting & Election
Mama Mia's 27770 Plymouth Rd., Livonia
Thu May 22, 2014 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Dinner will begin at 6:00pm followed by Elections & Awards


Help make Michigan’s Mental Health Services better. With your help the National Core Indicators Survey will. How? With the information you share about your mental health services when you complete an NCI survey. The NCI confidential survey takes less than one hour.

The core indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

Help make our mental health services better.



Volunteer for one of our programs or community events.


Become a member of The Arc of Northwest Wayne County.


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