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and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.

March 4, 2014


Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Public meeting to focus on needs of people with disabilities

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced there will be a public meeting focusing on the needs of people with disabilities on Friday March 28, 2014 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. via videoconference in nine Montana cities.

The meeting is sponsored by the DPHHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Program and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

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

The program is particularly interested in ideas related to:

  • What needs to be done to assist Montanans with disabilities get and keep employment?
  • What barriers are there to getting effective services from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Program or Independent Living?
  • What groups of Montanans with disabilities aren't served adequately by the Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Program or Independent Living?

The hearing will be held simultaneously at the 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, Gallagher Building, Room 104

Anyone unable to attend the hearing can call in during the hearing. 
Call-in information is:
Call-in number: 406-449-7478    Conference ID: 77178#
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 4, 2014, and they will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.

Requests for accommodations should be made to Mike Hermanson 406-444-3833 or mhermanson@mt.gov, by March 14, 2014.

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

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