People with physical or mental disabilities may find support, training, assistance and medical help through a number of agencies and groups. In addition to some of the organizations listed here, help also is available at Missoula’s major hospitals and treatment centers.
A&M Mobility LLC. 1323 W. Broadway. 541-6625. am-mobility.com. A&M Mobility is a locally owned and operated Missoula full-service dealer that has been in business since 2009. The mission is to meet the vehicular and home mobility needs of people with disabilities. A&M services primarily western Montana, but have served clients from Billings to Spokane and everywhere in between. It works with and is approved by the VA, Medicaid, and Vocational Rehab to name a few. A&M provides sales of accessible vans, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, elevators, transfer seats, vehicle lifts, Turney seats, hand controls, portable ramps, wheelchair securement systems, and occupant restraints to meet our customer needs. The have certified mobility technicians to provide service for people’s existing vans, lifts and any other type of modification. Provides wheelchair accessible rental vehicles for our clients short term needs. This service enables individuals with mobility impairments to visit friends and family, or simply take a vacation.
Aging and Disability Resource Center. Missoula Aging Services, 337 Stephens Ave. 728-7682.
Alliance for Disability and Students of the University of Montana, University Center 205. 243-2636. umt.edu/adsum. firstname.lastname@example.org. The alliance advocates for the rights of students with disabilities. Students can be paired with fellow students with disabilities.
American Cancer Society’s Missoula Unit Loan Closet. 542-2191. See full listing in Health section.
The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center. Located at the Rural Institute of the University of Montana. University of Montana, 52 Corbin Hall. A national program that provides training and technical assistance to increase culturally relevant community living, outreach and employment-related services for American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities. Under the center’s current grants, groups that request and receive information, training and technical assistance include Community Work Incentives coordinators funded by the Social Security Administration, and protection and advocacy staff funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Americans with Disabilities Act. Consultation and surveys, Summit Independent Living Center, 700 S.W. Higgins Ave., Suite 101. 728-1630. Group training and individual consultations for people with disabilities, businesses and employers, government agencies, commercial facilities, transportation operators and individuals. Architectural accessibility surveys, seminars, referral to local resources for architectural or operational modifications and tax incentive information.
- Chronic Pain Swim Classes – “Go With The Flow.” Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road. Work toward improved functional mobility and reduced pain with this low-impact warm-water therapy program. Call 327-4634 for more information.
- Aquatic Movement Therapy – for arthritis. Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road. Community’s therapeutic pool offers the ideal environment for patients with arthritis to maximize their exercise program. The warm-water environment provides comfort, support and freedom of movement. Call 327-4634 for more information. Visit communitymed.org for a list of times.
- LifeSteps – for a variety of rehabilitation patients. Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road. A combination of stretching and other exercises designed to increase overall strength, range of motion and endurance, and help participants with their weight management goals. Call 327-4634 for more information. Visit communitymed.org for more information.
Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding Program, 599 Popham Lane, Corvallis. 880-6599. bitterrootriding.org. email@example.com. A member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen International, Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding is dedicated to sharing the benefits and joy of therapeutic riding with adults and children of all ages. Certified instructors work closely with the medical community, schools, parents, caseworkers and national organizations encouraging rider-specific goals, fostering independence and promoting integration into the mainstream and workplace. Youth at risk, the elderly and those with behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and cognitive delays benefit from this therapy. It has been shown to address the challenges of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism and more. The horse facilitates the motion of the human stride, giving students improved joint mobility, better balance and coordination. Year-round instruction is offered in a safe indoor environment with the help of caring volunteers and gentle horses. Scholarships available.
Blind and Low Vision Services. 2675 Palmer St., Suite A. 329-5400. Various services for the visually impaired: independent living skills for home and office; training on adaptive computer equipment and retraining for employment; homemaker training; purchase of low-vision aids; counseling for newly blind people; orientation and mobility coaching for cane travel; shopping techniques.
Celebrating Our Abilities. Promotes the abilities of all children. Taking the “dis” out of disabilities. Contact Lynda Butler, attorney at law, 239-3732.
Child Development Center. 3335 Lt. Moss Road, Fort Missoula. 549-6413. childdevcenter.org. CDC provides services and support to children with developmental disabilities and children who are at risk for developmental delays, and their families. Center-based services include evaluations, diagnosis and recommendations; autism spectrum disorder evaluations, recommendations and behavioral therapy; neonatal intensive care unit screening clinics and early childhood screenings. Home-based services include intensive family education and support and early intervention for infants and toddlers.
Community Bridges. A department of Community Medical Center for post-acute brain injury rehabilitation, 2685 Palmer St., Suite D. 327-4349. Post-acute, comprehensive day treatment and residential transitional living program for adults with brain injury. Services include physical, occupational and speech therapies, behavior therapy, psychological services and counseling, life-skills training, therapeutic recreation services, and vocational-readiness training. Visit communitymed.org for more information.
Community Church Ministries. Nondenominational. Serves adults in assisted living homes. Also serves adults with disabilities, 2 p.m. Fridays, Opportunity Resources. Will also assist with funerals. Contact Susie or Ray Risho, 549-0752.
Rehabilitation Institute of Montana. 2827 Fort Missoula Road. 327-4634. Rehabilitation physicians, therapists and nursing staff provide medical rehabilitation services on an inpatient, outpatient, day treatment or clinic basis for infants to senior citizens. Services include pool therapy, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, digital-stimulation dysphasia therapy, recreation therapy, case management for the physically disabled and vocational services. Special programs help people with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic arthritis, major multiple trauma and other disabling conditions. Visit communitymed.org for more information.
CO-TEACH Preschool Program. Division of Educational Research and Service. 243-6303. See full listing in Day Care section.
Eagle Watch Estates. 565 Burton St. 549-3892. A 24-unit apartment building along the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. The apartments provide subsidized low-income housing with wheelchair access.
Eleanore’s Project Inc. 501 E. Central Ave. 549-9521; eleanoresproject.org. firstname.lastname@example.org. A nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families by providing customized mobility equipment in less resourced areas of the world; collecting used wheelchairs locally for refurbishing/re-use; and raising awareness by offering disability-related educational programs and resources locally and internationally.
Faith Therapeutic Riding Service. Faith Therapeutic Riding is a 5013c that is dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through equine assisted activities. FTR was created to provide people with disabilities with professionally supervised riding sessions; creating opportunity for all people, at all levels of ability, to benefit from the positive impact of equine assisted activities. For information about the program and volunteer opportunities contact, (406) 219-8387; email email@example.com. Instructor Tara Hays, (406) 360-3480; program director Allison McGovern, (201) 575-2828
Full Circle Counseling Solutions. Missoula County, 1903 Russell St., Missoula, MT 59801, 532-1615, fullcirclemhc.com. Ravalli County, 112 Houk Lane, Stevensville, MT 59870, 273-1684. Full Circle is a licensed mental health center and a qualified developmental disabilities services provider serving Missoula and Ravalli counties. Services include family-based mental health services, school-based mental health services, autism services, out-patient therapy, developmental services, case management and evaluation and diagnostic services. These services occur in families’ homes, at school, in the community, at Full Circle’s play and learning centers, or in an office setting. Full Circle’s therapeutic supports and services are provided to children and adolescents ages 1-18 in partnership with families, caregivers and guardians. Full Circle emphasizes services based on individual strengths and needs to help develop self-sufficiency and independence. Staff includes licensed mental health professionals, family support specialists, care coordinators and board-certified behavior analysts. Full Circle staff provide community outreach, training, and consultation services upon request and as needed. All payment sources for clients are accepted including Medicaid, private insurance, and HealMontana Kids.
Home and Community Based Services. 1211 S. Reserve St., Suite 203. 327-4585. HCBS is a Medicaid Waiver program. The program enables older adults and adults with disabilities to live fully integrated lives within their own communities. Case managers work closely with consumers and families to provide online assessment and coordination of support services which are tailored to meet the needs of individual consumers, enabling them to live in the least restricted setting. Visit communitymed.org for more information.
Karousel Service Dogs. 16315 Touchette Lane, Frenchtown. 626-5280. Barbara Miller, director. Trains and places service dogs with individuals with physical disabilities. Monthly information and demonstration sessions are held for interested people. Service-dog demonstrations are available to schools and organizations.
Medicab. P.O. Box 1597, Missoula, 59806. 327-1510. Medicab is a non-emergency medical and wheelchair transportation company that provides transportation for people to and from medical appointments. If the person is wheelchair-bound, then Medicab can transport to medical appointments as well as other appointments or gatherings. Medicab accepts Medicaid, workers’ compensation and private pay.
Missoula Workforce Center – Job Service. 539 S. Third St. W.; mailing address P.O. Box 5027, Missoula, 59806. 728-7060. employmissoula.com. MissoulaJSC@mt.gov. Disabilities coordinator assists individuals with disabilities in seeking employment, accessing and using resources described under the working and family sections, and making appropriate referrals to other community services. The building is fully accessible and MAGIC software is installed on a public resource computer along with an oversized monitor. A close working relationship is maintained with Vocational Rehabilitation Services staff. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Friday, and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Closed on public holidays.
Medicaid Home and Community Services. Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. 329-1312. Serves residents of Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties through case-management teams. Goal is to serve Medicaid clients in cost-effective home settings as an option to nursing-home placement. Services might include adult day services, environmental modifications, medical-alert monitors, nursing services, nutritional needs, personal care attendants and homemaker services, respite care, respiratory therapy and transportation.
Missoula Ranger District. Lolo National Forest, Fort Missoula. 329-3814. Call for information on accessible picnic and parking areas, restrooms, campgrounds, trails, horse platforms and other special needs.
Missoula County Public Assistance Office. 2677 Palmer St. 329-1200. Hours 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Provides Medicaid services for disabled people for various hospital inpatient costs, outpatient services and waiver services such as physician, dentist, eye care and home services, and Food Stamp office.
Missoula County Public Schools special education preschool program. Call, 728-2400, Ext. 1090. A preschool program for qualifying children ages 3 to 5 with disabilities who live within the school district’s boundaries.
Missoula Developmental Service Corp. 1005 Marshall St. 728-5484. A private nonprofit providing nationally accredited rehabilitative services for adults with developmental disabilities and intensive needs. Provides residential, vocational, employment, medical, personal, social and community services. Services are based on the needs, desires and abilities of individuals to live, work and be healthy.
Missoula Festival of the Dead. P.O. Box 7225, Missoula, 59807. 549-2984. A multicultural community celebration of life, death and the arts. Occurs yearly on Nov. 1-2 in downtown Missoula. Preceded by art workshops in October for children and adults with and without disabilities. Co-sponsored by VSA Arts of Missoula.
Missoula Local Advisory Council for Advocacy to Legislature and Mental Health and Addictive Disorders for Adults. Meets second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at River House, 1315 Wyoming St. 532-9700. Therapists, area professionals, as well as primary and secondary consumers are welcome.
Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. 100 Hickory St. 721-7275. Offers programs for youth and adults with physical impairments.
Missoula Urban Demonstration Project. 629 Phillips St. 721-7513. mudproject.org. firstname.lastname@example.org. Nonprofit learning center for sustainable living practices. Programs include a tool library (lending library of home improvement, gardening and automotive tools), organic gardening, composting, workshops and discussion courses. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Montana Access to Outdoor Recreation program. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. 243-5751 or 1-877-243-5511. Fax: 243-4730. recreation.ruralinstitute.umt.edu. email@example.com. MATOR is a program of the University of Montana Rural Institute-MonTECH to enable Montanans with disabilities or who are aging to pursue wildlife-associated recreational activities. Services include education/awareness, free loans of adaptive recreational equipment, demonstration activities and a volunteer network.
Montana Adaptive Equipment Program. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. 243-5751 or 1-877-243-5511. Fax: 243-4730. montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu. firstname.lastname@example.org. MAEP provides positioning, seating and mobility equipment to Montanans eligible for services through the Developmental Disabilities Program of the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. Services include an equipment recycle program, long- and short-term equipment loan, and information and assistance. MAEP works with consumers, therapists, case managers, DME suppliers, and family members statewide to ensure that equipment is appropriate.
Montana Assistive Technology Program. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. 243-5751 or 1-877-243-5511. Fax: 243-4730. montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu. email@example.com. MATP is a program of the University of Montana Rural Institute-MonTECH to help all Montanans access the assistive technology they need to attend school, work, and live as independently as possible. Services include free information and assistance, assistive technology demonstrations and equipment loans, and an assistive technology financial loan program.
Montana Rehabilitative and Blind and Low Vision Services, Missoula District Office. 2675 Palmer St., Suite A. 329-5400. Assists individuals with disabilities to return to employment.
Mountain Line Paratransit Service. 1221 Shakespeare St. 721-2848. Provides equivalent public transportation services for eligible people with disabilities. Customers having a disability that prevents them from boarding, riding or disembarking from Mountain Line’s buses may be eligible to use the ADA Comparable Paratransit Service.
Missoula NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Support, advocacy and education for all affected by serious mental illness. Daytime and evening support groups, educational classes, forums and presentations available for recovering adults, family members, friends and providers. Family Support Groups are Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon at Providence Center. Call 880-1013 or 543-3055. New office in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St.
Providence St. Patrick Hospital Neurobehavioral Medicine. Providence Center, 902 N. Orange St. 327-3015. NBM offers acute psychiatric inpatient treatment for adults and adolescents. Treatment is short-term and directed toward evaluation, stabilization of symptoms and referral to outpatient services as needed. The following outpatient services are also offered. Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program serves 12- to 18-year-olds having behavioral or emotional difficulties. The treatment team consists of psychiatrists, licensed social workers/addiction counselors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and a psychiatric nursing staff. Contact the intake assessment coordinator for more information or to make a referral, 327-3011.
Providence St. Patrick Hospital Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Intakes 327-3011. St. Patrick Hospital offers acute inpatient treatment for individuals with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. There are 30 inpatient beds: six adolescent, six intensive care and 18 general care beds. Adults, seniors and adolescents receive treatment under the direction of a psychiatrist, and by clinical social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and other health care professionals.
Opportunity Resources Inc. 2821 S. Russell St. 721-2930. Provides vocational, residential and support services for individuals with disabilities. Operates four group homes and arranges supervised community living, facility-based employment, community-based employment, senior services and adult day care.
Parents Let’s Unite for Kids. 1-800-222-PLUK. A federally funded Montana coalition of parents of disabled children. Provides information and support for parents, as well as workshops to provide parents with knowledge of the law and how to advocate for children. Also provides individual assistance, information and referrals.
Partners In Home Care, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B. 728-8848 or 1-888-729-8848. Partners In Home Care is Missoula’s only nonprofit nationally accredited home health agency. Partners In Home Care is passionately committed to assisting clients and their families in achieving optimal health, independence and comfort. Services include home health, hospice, home medical equipment, infusion therapy and home- and community-based services.
Pet Partners Therapy Dogs. Gary Kammerer is local contact and evaluator, 777-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
R.A.M.P. – Regional Access Mobility Program of Montana. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. Suite 101. Phone 531-0210; email email@example.com. A Missoula-based nonprofit organization that supplies and installs wheelchair ramps and other accessibilty features. The mission is to provide dignified self-sufficiency for persons with disabliities and seniors in our community regardless of income. R.A.M.P. contracts with organizations, individuals and governmental agencies to further this purpose.
Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities. University of Montana, 52 Corbin Hall. 243-5467. Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Funded through a national grant, the center helps rural people with disabilities achieve greater independence. Aid is provided through health promotion activities, telecommunications, adaptive equipment and other means.
River House Adult Day Treatment. 1315 Wyoming St. Call 532-9700 for eligibility information. A treatment program for adults age 18 and older with mental illness. Provides structure, social activities and psychological education.
Rockmont Inc. 1700 Madeline Ave. 728-0469. Rockmont Home for the mentally disabled 18 years and older.
Rocky Mountain Chapter 17 of the Disabled Veterans. Meets at 7 p.m. first Monday of the month at Eagles Lodge in Hamilton.
Providence St. Patrick Rehabilitation Center. Providence Center, 902 N. Orange St. 327-3260. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are 20 acute care beds to provide comprehensive treatment for those patients who have suffered catastrophic or disabling injuries and illness. The center serves patients who have endured stroke, neurological conditions, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, hip and knee replacements, deconditioning or debility, as well as chronic illnesses such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis. Patients are treated by a team that includes a physiatrist (a physician specializing in physical rehabilitation medicine), physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, rehabilitation nursing staff and social workers. Individualized programs are designed to maximize the patient’s independence. The goal of St. Patrick Rehabilitation Center is to help the patient get back home to family, community and work, and live life to his/her best ability.
Senior and Long-term Care Services/Home and Community-based Services. Department of Public Health and Human Services. 329-1312 or 329-1310. Serves residents of Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders counties through case management teams. Medicaid clients in cost-effective home settings as an option to nursing home placement. Services might include adult day services, environmental modifications, medical alert monitors, nursing services, nutritional needs, personal care attendants and homemaker services, respite care, respiratory therapy and transportation, and others. Also, Medicaid-funded personal assistance services in the same area listed above and the same phone numbers.
Service Animals For You Inc. and Service Animal Association. 648 South Ave. E. 552-0941 (Skype) or (406) 210-9009 (cellphone). Contact Lou Hayes, president, founder, firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com. serviceanimalassociation.org (primary) or serviceanimalsforyou.org (corporate). Lou Hayes founded the Service Animal Association and Service Animals For You, to provide disabled individuals a way to train a dog for their specific needs. Goals are to to use grants, donations and fundraising to provide all training and related products and services to disabled individuals at little, to no cost; to provide disabled individuals with certified dogs trained to meet their specific needs and always treat each client with dignity, respect and without prejudice or bias; to always maintain the highest standards in training and use only humane methods to accomplish our goals; to create education programs designed to inform the disabled and able-bodied communities on the ADA (American With Disabilities Act Rev. 3-2011), and to work collaboratively with others in the community, to design these programs.
Social Security Administration, 3701 American Way. 1-866-931-9029. socialsecurity.gov. The SSA is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Additionally, SSA administers Supplemental Security Income or SSI. SSI is a U.S. government program that provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who are either 65 or older, blind or disabled.
Summit Independent Living Center. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave., Suite 101. 728-1630 (voice/TTD). This nonresidential program provides advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, self-directed personal assistance services, information and referral and other supportive services to people with disabilities, their friends and family members. Also provides information and technical assistance on accessibility, disability rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability laws, programs and regulations.
Missoula College University of Montana College. 909 South Ave. W. 243-7811. Most areas of study and classrooms are accessible to people with physical impairments. Offers typing programs for the blind or physically impaired.
University of Montana Rural Institute’s Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service. University of Montana, 52 Corbin Hall. 243-5467 or 1-800-732-0323. Provides demonstrations of services, training, technical assistance as well as information to support programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. The institute also offers parent-child interaction groups.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Division. 2675 Palmer St., Suite A. 329-5400. Provides evaluation services, counseling and guidance, job training and placement and artificial aids for people with emotional, mental or physical disabilities.
VSA Arts of Montana. 200 N. Adams St.; mailing address P.O. Box 7225, Missoula, 59807. 549-2984. vsamontana.org. A nonprofit organization that makes the arts accessible to people with disabilities. Offers a variety of arts experiences for individuals with disabilities and the general public.
Wheelchair Clinic. Community Rehabilitation Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road. 327-4634. Assesses clients with special mobility problems to provide them with seating systems and adaptive/mobility equipment most appropriate to their needs. Certificates of medical necessity provided as required.
Winds of Change Mental Health Center. 2811 Latimer St.; mailing address 2120 S. Reserve St., Missoula, 59801. 721-2038. Kay and Hank Jennings, owners. Winds of Change employs eight virtues toward developing and improving integrated, holistic, evidence-based services that empower the individual’s hope and responsibility in their recovery. Services include community based psychiatric and rehabilitation services, case management, therapy groups, a Recovery Mall, group homes, a 24-hour crisis line, and KITE program. The KITE program focuses on knowledge (helping clients obtain their GED, enrollment in trade schools and college, tribal programs and Job Corps), involvement (providing volunteer opportunities in the community and the Recovery Mall group events), training (obtaining learner’s permit for driving and driver’s licenses, job coaching, and supported employment) and employment (one-on-one support when starting a job, including resumé writing and employment skills training).
Missoula Family YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St. 721-YMCA. The YMCA offers programs and services for people with disabilities, including area Special Olympics. Financial assistance is available for all YMCA programs and membership.