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The WV Developmental Disabilities Council is currently accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 Partners in Policymaking Class.  If you are interested, please complete the  application below or contact Christy Black at Christy.D.Black@wv.gov for more information.

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 will begin in September and run through May. One two-day training session will be held each month and will begin at noon on Friday and end on Saturday afternoon. All sessions are held at a centrally located hotel in Charleston, WV. Meals and lodging are provided and stipends for transportation, personal assistance services and respite care are available upon request. 

PIP Schedule (classes begin in September and end in May)

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

Partners in Policymaking Brochure 

Partners in Policymaking Graduate Testimonials

Ready to sign up?  Print and complete the application below! 


FSN 2017 Meeting Notice:

Dates for 2017 Meetings

February 8 2017 - First day of 2017 Legislative session.  FSN will meet every Wednesday between February 8th and April 5th 2017 for its Legislative Team Meeting in the cafeteria of the Capitol building at 9:30 am.


24 – Board Meeting

31 – Membership Meeting


19 – Board Meeting

26 – Membership Meeting


20 – Board Meeting

27 – Membership Meeting


8 – Board Meeting

15 – Membership Meeting


13 – Board Meeting

All board meetings will begin at 1:30pm

All membership meetings will begin at 10:00am

All Membership Meetings are located in the WVDRS District Office in Kanawha City.  Located at 4701 MacCorkle Ave. SE Charleston, WV