Centers for Independent Living Committees and Task Forces
Legislative/Advocacy Committee – This committee helps coordinate statewide legislative advocacy and systems change initiatives carried out by the independent living task forces. Current priorities in housing, transportation, healthcare, self-determination, public relations, Native American issues and youth services were identified by participants at statewide independent living symposium meetings held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Legislative/Advocacy Committee develops legislative priorities in collaboration with the task forces and coordinates an independent living legislative day and follow up rally day at the state Capitol in Helena during each Montana legislative session. The committee also addresses other emerging state and national disability issues and coordinates grassroots advocacy efforts across the state in response such as letter writing campaigns, rallies, etc.
The Montana Centers for Independent Living is comprised of four primary offices throughout the state in Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The Centers for Independent Living work collaboratively through six task forces and multiple committees.
Self-Determination Task Force - for more information contact Mike Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Task Force - for more information contact co-Chairperson Shyla Patera at email@example.com
Community Living Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Joe Burst at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Justice Ender at email@example.com
Youth and Employment Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Mike Beers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Native American Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Michelle Williamson at email@example.com
Funding Committee - for more information contact Joe Burst at firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology and Education Workgroup - for more information contact Mike Mayer at email@example.com
Government and Community Leadership Committee - for more information contact Bob Maffit at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Montana Centers for Independent Living held a symposium on September 17 and 18, 2013 to define its legislative and systems change priorities through a facilitated strategic planning process. Representatives from the Montana Centers for Independent Living defined a practical vision, strategic directions, and milestones to guide their work for the next two years.