Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Partners become familiar with the policymaking and legislative process at the local, state and federal levels. The program teaches skills necessary for individuals to become advocates who can influence the system of services for people with developmental disabilities.


The program begins in September and runs through April. One two-day training session will be held each month, beginning at noon on Friday and ending on Saturday afternoon. All sessions are held at a centrally located hotel in Charleston, WV. People who live more than 100 miles away may elect to participate in some sessions by webinar. Meals and lodging are provided and stipends for transportation, personal assistance services and respite care are available upon request. Classes may be held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic but a decision will be made closer to the start of the next session. ​


Topics covered include: History of Services; Inclusive Education; State Legislative Process; Congress/Federal Legislation; Person Centered Planning; Building Inclusive Communities; Self-Determination; Employment; Housing/Supported Living; Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act; Americans with Disabilities Act and other Federal Policy; Community Organizing; Media; Parliamentary Procedure

Want more information?  View the Partners in Policymaking Brochure or read PIP graduate testimonials.   

Partners in Policymaking Brochure ​

Partners in Policymaking Graduate Testimonials​

PIP Applic​ation​

The​ next PIP course will begin September 2023. If you are interested, please complete an application and submit it to Christy Black at christy.d.black@wv.gov​