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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
              Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Public hearing to focus on needs of people with disabilities

A public hearing focusing on the needs of people with disabilities will be held Friday March 22,
2013 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. via videoconference in nine Montana cities, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials said Monday. 

The meeting is sponsored by the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation/Blind and Low Vision Services and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

“The purpose of the forum allows people with disabilities to share their comments and suggestions regarding the state plans for the vocational rehabilitation and independent living services provided by the state,” said DPHHS Director Richard H. Opper. “The comments help both programs evaluate their services in an effort to best meet the needs of their consumers.”

The hearing will be held simultaneously at these nine videoconference sites:

Billings: MSU-Billings, 1500 University Drive, Education Building, Room 158
Bozeman: Montana State University, Eng. Phys. Science Building-South 7th and Grant, Rm. 126
Butte: Montana Tech, 1300 West Park Street, ELCB Room 225
Great Falls: Great Falls College of Technology, 2100 16th Avenue South, Room B-133
Havre: MSU-Northern, 300 11th Street West, Hagner Science Center Room 202
Helena: Old Livestock Building, 1310 East Lockey, Rooms 105 and 107.
Kalispell: Flathead Valley Com. College, 777 Grandview Dr., Learning Resource Ctr., Rm. 120
Miles City: Miles City Community College, 2715 Dickenson Street, Room 313
Missoula: University of Montana, corner of Arthur and Eddy, Galagher Building, Room 104

Anyone unable to attend the hearing may call in during the hearing. 

Call-in information is:
Call-in number: 406-449-7478    Conference ID:  85946#

The call in number will only be active during the time of the hearing.

In addition, written comments can be sent to:
Mike Hermanson, Program Manager, Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
PO Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604
or to mhermanson@mt.gov.

The deadline for written comments is April 10, 2013 and they will be given the same weight as comments made in person.

For additional information contact Hermanson at 406-444-3833.

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