Helpful Links

General Supports and Information

Voices of Hope: crisis hotline for suicide prevention. The Voice of Hope hotline number for those in the Great Falls area, is 406-453-HELP (453-4357). If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK or text “MT” to 741741.

Social Security Administration: for any information related to Social Security benefits

Advocacy and Community Supports

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

National Council on Independent Living: national advocacy and independent living policies and resources

Disability Rights Montana (DRM): protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities

Rural Dynamics, Inc.: reasonable assistive technology loans, financial counseling, benefits payee services, and more

Assistive Technology

MonTECH: for any assistive technology needs and questions, check out this resource or give them a call!

Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP): MTAP oversees the Montana Relay program, which allows people who are Deaf to use telephone services, and by offering assistive equipment and services to Montanans whose disabilities make it hard for them to use the phone.

Employment

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Servicessupports youth and adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Have questions about employment accommodations or the ADA? Ask JAN!

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA): provided through MSU Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education; help available for Social Security benefits planning and work incentives

Choose Work! (SSA): if you are a SSI or SSDI recipient and hold a Ticket to Work, this site provides information helpful to your decision making process and understanding SSA work incentives

Housing

Montana Housing and Urban Development (HUD): for housing related resources, services and accommodations

Montana Fair Housing: dedicated to the elimination of housing discrimination. Contact for housing civil rights support

Visitability: Visitability is a national movement to build homes with three primary accessible design features. Visitable homes offer features that benefit our community, whether it be new parents, older adults who wish to remain in their home, people with mobility needs, emergency services, and many others. It is our hope that new homes built in Montana incorporate features of Visitability so that our communities become stronger, more inviting and homeowner-friendly places!

Transportation

Transportation information for Montana communities:click the map for your town/community for local transit information

Northern Transit Interlocal: provides  several transportation routes between Kalispell and Great Falls and communities in between

YOUTH Transition, Advocacy and Leadership

Montana Youth Leadership Forum: High School aged youth with disabilities have an amazing opportunity to attend this forum with other youth from around Montana. At no cost to youth and their families, they will develop personal transition and leadership plans, develop additional personal leadership and advocacy skills, and have FUN!

Montana Youth Transitions: this website is for any Montanan who is part of a transition team for youth with disabilities who are entering adulthood. Resources, information and ideas are available for transition planning. Also, check out the Conference page, for information about the annual Montana Youth Transitions conference.