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Fee-Based Advocacy

SAC’s fee-based advocacy program provides general and special education advocacy and support for families in Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Ingham, Livingston, Lenawee and Monroe, Oakland and southern Macomb counties with priority given to students with mental illness and students with school discipline issues. Advocates are available to help families with special education needs, disciplinary issues, and behavior interventions and support.

Why work with an advocate?

Student Advocacy Center is passionate about students thriving in school. When we work with any family, our goals include the following:

  • Ensure the best plan possible for student success.
  • Support the family.
  • Help the family understand their rights, the process and the possibilities for their child.
  • Improve communication between the family and school and ensure the family’s voice is understood.

What we can’t do

We cannot guarantee a certain result or become involved in litigation. We offer non-legal advocacy only.

Who is eligible?

  • Any student in Ingham, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, southern Macomb counties.
  • Students in Washtenaw, Wayne and Jackson counties who are not eligible for no-cost advocacy. For more details, visit this page.



The hourly rate depends on family income. Families must also pay for mileage to and from off-site meetings (federal rate).  All expenses must be paid up front.  Note: Families living outside Washtenaw County may be billed additional hours for drive time.

  • REED / MET / IEP Advocacy / Behavior Plan Meeting : 
Includes initial consultation, reviewing relevant documents, research needed, discussion with family about goals, and attending meeting, up to 7 hours. 
$280 / $350, plus mileage
  • Special Education Consultation:
 Includes reviewing relevant documents, research needed and assistance with family in preparing for IEP or other related meetings. Advocate does not attend meeting. Up to 2 hours.
 $80 / $100
  • Disciplinary Hearing Advocacy (Expulsion Hearing, MDR, etc.):
 Includes reviewing relevant documents, research needed, prepping student (and parent) for testimony at hearing, and advocacy at hearing. Up to 5 hours. 
$200 / $250, plus mileage
  • Disciplinary Hearing Consultation:
 Includes reviewing relevant documents, research needed, prepping student (and parent) for testimony at hearing. Advocate does not attend meeting. Up to 2 hours.
  • Other consultations:
 Up to one hour. $40 / $50
  • Additional Follow-Up or Other Services: 
If additional follow-up is needed, families will need to work with SAC to determine approximately how much time is needed.
  $40 / $50 per hour


To retain an advocate for our fee-based program, fees must be paid up front. Services will not begin until payment is received in full.

  • Online payment can be made through Paypal. Please provide SAC with your Paypal account email and an invoice will be sent to you.
  • Checks can be made out to Student Advocacy Center of Michigan and either hand delivered or mailed to 124 Pearl St., Suite 504, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Steps BEFORE services can start:

1.  Call SAC and complete an intake. Finalize the package you want.
2.  SAC will prepare an invoice and submit that to you, as well releases.
3.  Sign and return all releases (can be done online) and initial payment to SAC (can also be done online).
4.     If possible, fax or email most recent IEP, MET, Behavior Plan and other school records to SAC. Fax or email any medical reports that pertain to your child.
5.  Once payment, releases and records have been received, our intake specialist will connect you with your advocate.

For More Information

For more information about this program or to request an advocate please call (734) 482-0489.

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