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Public meeting to focus on needs of people with disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2015

Contact:  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 today a public meeting focusing on the needs of people with disabilities is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. via videoconference in nine Montana cities.

The meeting is sponsored by the 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 Vocational Rehabilitation program manager Mike Hermanson. “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 meeting 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, English Lab ELC Room 202

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: Helena College, 1115 N. Roberts Street, Room DON 002-005

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 meeting is encouraged to call in using this number:  

Call-in number: 406-449-7478    Conference ID#: 66976

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

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 1, 2015, and they will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.

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