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Centers for Independent Living

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 committee meets every other Wednesday at 10:30am via teleconference. Please contact the co-Chairpersons Mike Mayer at mmayer@summitilc.org or Tom Osborn at ncils.osborn@bresnan.net.

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 mmayer@summitilc.org

Transportation Task Force - for more information contact co-Chairperson Shyla Patera at ncils.patera@bresnsna.net

Community Living Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Joe Burst at joeb@liftt.org

Public Relations Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Justice Ender at justice@summitilc.org

Youth and Employment Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Mike Beers at mbeers@summitilc.org

Native American Task Force - for more information contact co - Chairperson Michelle Williamson at mwilliams@summitilc.org

Funding Committee - for more information contact Joe Burst at joeb@liftt.org

Technology and Education Workgroup - for more information contact Mike Mayer at mmayer@summitilc.org

Government and Community Leadership Committee - for more information contact Bob Maffit at bmaffit@milp.us

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.

Page last updated 01/14/2014