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Centers for Independent Living Committees and Task Forces

Legislative/Advocacy Committee – This committee helps coordinate statewide legislative advocacy and systems change initiatives carried out by the independent living task forces. Current priorities in housing, transportation, healthcare, self-determination, public relations, Native American issues and youth services were identified by participants at statewide independent living symposium meetings held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Legislative/Advocacy Committee develops legislative priorities in collaboration with the task forces and coordinates an independent living legislative day and follow up rally day at the state Capitol in Helena during each Montana legislative session. The committee also addresses other emerging state and national disability issues and coordinates grassroots advocacy efforts across the state in response such as letter writing campaigns, rallies, etc.

The committee meets every other Wednesday at 10:30am via teleconference. Please contact the co-Chairpersons Mike Mayer at mmayer@summitilc.org or Tom Osborn at ncils.osborn@bresnan.net.

The Montana Centers for Independent Living is comprised of four primary offices throughout the state in Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The Centers for Independent Living work collaboratively through six task forces and multiple committees.

Self-Determination Task Force
for more information contact Mike Mayer at mmayer@summitilc.org

Transportation Task Force
for more information contact co-Chairperson Shyla Patera at ncils.patera@bresnsna.net

Community Living Task Force
for more information contact co-Chairperson Shyla Patera at ncils.patera@bresnsna.net

Public Relations Task Force
for more information contact co - Chairperson Justice Ender at justice@summitilc.org

Youth and Employment Task Force
for more information contact co - Chairperson Mike Beers at mbeers@summitilc.org

Native American Task Force
for more information contact co - Chairperson Michelle Williamson at mwilliams@summitilc.org

The Montana Centers for Independent Living together with the Statewide Independent Living Council develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) every three years. The current SPIL is in effect from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2019.