Montana Statewide Independent Living Council (MTSILC)


The Montana Statewide Independent Living Council (MTSILC or “the SILC”) is a governor appointed, consumer-controlled council mandated in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended.)  Council membership must be majority people with disabilities from across Montana.

Other key membership:

  • Tribal Health representative
  • Center for Independent Living Director
  • Vocational Rehab and Blind Services Representative
  • Youth (age 18-24) representative
  • Parent of a child with a disability
  • representatives from other state agencies that provide services for individuals with disabilities throughout all age ranges and disability types.


If you want to provide input for the development of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), learn more about the council or to find out how to become a representative, please contact:

111 North Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4C
PO Box 4210
Helena, Montana, 59604-4210
1-877-296-1197 (Toll-free consumer line)
(406) 444-2590 (Voice/TTY)
(406) 444-3632 (Fax)

Scott Williamson, Chair

Michael Manhardt, Vice Chair

Jean Schroeder, Secretary

Tami Hoar, CIL Director

June Hermanson, Advocate

Julie Williams, MonTECH

Allyson Talaska, VR Rep

Tom Thompson

Emma Hixson, Youth

Savanah Smith, Parent 

Hannah Thompson, Advocate

Tribal Representative
Member At-Large

One role of the SILC is to help develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL,) which contains the policies and recommendations for the state independent living program. 

Another important role of the SILC is to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with Centers for Independent Living, Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind services (VRBS) and other shareholders to remove those barriers and to increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities. Other MTSILC activities include sponsoring public hearings, quarterly public meetings, and other educational and outreach efforts; providing information to public officials, state agencies and local organizations and individuals; and conducting studies, and research.

The SILC also partners with the State Rehabilitation Council and Centers for Independent Living to advocate, expand disability services, provide disability education, and assist in the development of future disability leaders through programs like the Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF).

SILC Quarterly Meetings

Meeting Date Meeting Location Agenda Link Minutes Link
August 19, 20, & 21 2024
IL Symposium

April 16, 17, & 18, 2024
Joint SILC & SRC Meeting

Missoula Hybrid
January 16 & 17, 2024 Helena Hybrid
November 21, 2023
August 23 & 24, 2023 Billings
May 10, 2023
SRC Joint Meeting
May 9, 2023 Helena May 09, 2023 Minutes
January 25, 2023 Montana State Capitol Jan 25, 2023 Minutes
December 12, 2022 Virtual Dec 12, 2022 Minutes
November 14, 2022 Virtual Only
August 18, 2022 Great Falls, Hybrid
April 20, 2022 Helena, Hybrid

April 20, 2022 Agenda

April 21, 2022 Helena, Hybrid, SRC Joint Meeting
January 18-19, 2022 Helena, Hybrid

Jan 18-19, 2022 Minutes

Legislative Day
:  January 26, 2023, Montana State Capital, Helena

Rally Day:  March 9, 2023, Montana State Capital, Helena

Governor's Reports downloads 

2023 2022 2021
2020 2019 2018
2017 2016 2015

Members Needed!

Contact us now to serve on MTSILC!


Apply Directly to the Governor Here

Independent Living means people with disabilities participating in community life and pursuing activities based entirely upon self-determined interests and preferences.

YOU can help make Independent Living a reality for ALL Montanans.

MTSILC requires people with all types of disabilities from every corner of montana to lead and empower their community.

Contact or (406)444-4175 for more information or to apply.