General Civil Rights Information
Note: Anytime you notify the public that meals are served at your facility, the following sentence must be included: "This is an equal opportunity provider and employer." The font used must be the same type and size as the rest of the notification. This applies to all mediums including newspaper ads and the internet.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail:U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202)690-7442; or
(3) Email: USDA Civil Rights
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
How to File a Complaint
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex, you have a right to file a complaint.
To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
(303) 844-2025 FAX
How to file a Civil Rights claim
Patty Butler, Chief
Early Childhood Services Bureau
DPHHS, P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925
or call toll free 1-888-307-9333