Governor Rick Snyder in an executive order created the Developmental Disabilities Council on Tuesday to ensure continued coordination of resources to individuals with disabilities. This executive order abolishes the Michigan State Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. The administration believes this will help the new council better align with state and federal law.

The new council will be established within the Department of Health and Human Services. The members will be individuals with disabilities and advocates or representatives of organizations supporting those with disabilities. Twenty-one members will serve in total. The members will include an individual from the state agency administering funds provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and an individual representing the protection and advocacy system in Michigan.

Of the members, at least one-third are to be individuals with developmental disabilities and one third shall be parents or guardians of an individual with developmental disabilities, or of an adult with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves. Seven members will be appointed for terms expiring September 30, 2017; five expiring September 30, 2018; five expiring September 20, 2019; and five expiring September 20, 2020. Appointees will be announced in December.