Montana Statewide Independent Living Council (MTSILC)

MT SILC

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 Idependate 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)
mtsilc@mt.gov

Brent Morris, Secretary
bam.montana@outlook.com
Billings

Tami Hoar, CIL Director (pending)
thoar@summitilc.org
Missoula

June Hermanson, Chair
jguenzler@hotmail.com
Helena

Joel Peden
jpeden@mtcil.org
Helena

Molly Kimmel, MonTECH
molly.kimmel@mso.umt.edu
Missoula

Michael Manhardt, Rep to SRC
mrmanhardt@uwalumni.com
Missoula

Allyson Talaska, VR Rep
Allyson.Talaska@mt.gov
Missoula

Tom Thompson
tomskilaw@gmail.com
Missoula

Scott Williamson, Vice Chair
swilliam4989@gmail.com
Ronan

Emma Hixson, Youth
ehixson04@yahoo.com
Missoula

Savanah Smith, Parent (pending)
Poplar

Vacancies:
Tribal Representative
Member At-Large

Contact us now to serve on MTSILC!
mtsilc@mt.gov
406-444-4175

OR

Apply Directly to the Governor Here

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
November 2023 TBD
August 2023 TBD
April 20, 2023 TBD, SRC Joint Meeting
April 19, 2023 TBD 
January 25, 2023 Montana State Capital
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 Minutes Jan 18-19 2022

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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
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Members Needed!

Independent Living meands 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 mtsilc@mt.gov or (406)444-4175 for more information or to apply.