Protection & Advocacy (P&A) is a federally mandated, state agency, whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of individuals who have been discriminated against due to a disability. Federal law requires P&A to have a Advisory Board that advises P&A on policies and priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. The Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) board is comprised of individuals with a developmental disability, as well as, family members of individuals with a developmental disability. Membership consists of not more than seventeen (17) citizen members appointed by the Division Director, Jeff Edwards, for three year terms. Meetings are held quarterly in November, February, May and August. Attendance at these meetings is required. There is funding available for members travels, lodging, and care attendants.

Additional responsibilities of an Advisory Board member are:
Attend and participate in quarterly meetings
Serve on various committees
Respond to proposed legislation
Assist with outreach activities performed by agency
Be focused on issues facing all individuals with disabilities
Keep agency informed of barriers facing individuals with disabilities
Follow Robert's Rules of Order


You can find the application form for new PADD Board members here (application form) and fax it to P&A Camille Collins at 502-695-6764. If you have questions regarding membership or the application process, you may contact Camille at 502-564-2967


PADD Board Members -

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Will Bentley
Cathy Jo Edwards
Elizabeth Hernandez

Frank Huffman

Jeramy Hughes
Lissette Johnson
Kelly Knoop
Ashley Layne
Tommy Malone
Karen Ricci
Mike Smith
Amanda Stahl
Jay Tyner-Wilson
Kevin Webb


The PADD Board Belief Statement

The Protection and Advocacy for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board believes that all Kentuckians have the right to live, learn, work, worship, and socialize in the home and community of their choosing. We believe that all Kentuckians have the right to live a life of dignity and equality, and to experience true inclusion in the community. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities have these same rights. We believe that having to attend schools, programs or places of worship chosen by others, or being forced to live in institutions by guardians or parents or other family members is no choice at all. We believe that Kentucky has a responsibility to commit to a true system of community support. Without these supports, people are forced to live in institutions at a higher costs, without privileges, and with the increased likelihood of abuse and neglect. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities should engage in meaningful work and be paid a competitive wage. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities can have their needs for mental health services met in the community, and that long term institutional placement is unnecessary. We believe that the system must be responsive to and respectful of the needs, wants and desires of Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We believe that all Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities can be successful with the appropriate natural, community and professional supports..

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