Disability Employment and Transitions
Mission and Goals
Advancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.
- Employment in a competitive integrated setting;
- Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and
- Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful.
Disability Employment and Transitions is one of the twelve divisions of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Our division operates under the Economic Securities Branch of the Department alongside the divisions of Child and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement, and Human and Community Services.
The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs. Jim Marks serves as the Division Administrator. Here are more details.
• Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Bureau. Montana operates a combined general and blindness vocational rehabilitation program. There are two sections within the combined program, one for general and one for Blind and Low Vision Services. Chanda Hermanson-Dudley serves as the Bureau Chief.
• Disability Determination Services Bureau. This bureau decides who gets disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Jennifer Nottingham serves as the Bureau Chief.
•Multiple Programs. The Division’s programs include the Montana Telecommunications Access Program, State Independent Living Services, the Extended Employment Program, ASPIRE Montana, MonTech Assistive Technology, and the Department’s public transportation coordination.
Follow the links in the division navigation bar to learn more about these bureaus and programs.
The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:
• State Rehabilitation Council; and,
• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,
• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee.
Disability Employment and Transitions is always interested in improving its programs. We collect public comments through our website. We then use those comments to help develop our state plan. For a response to an immediate issue, please visit the Contact Us page.
If you would like to submit public comment about DET or one of our programs, please submit it here:
Once a year DET will post responses to public comments on our webpage.