Montana Children’s Special Health Services Community Discussion Forums

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services invites parents and caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs to discuss the results of the Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey. Attendees will discuss the meaning of survey results and will be asked for their input on an agenda to improve the services, supports, and lives of Montana children and youth with special health care needs.

“Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse group of children ranging from children with chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes, to children with autism, to those with more medically complex health issues such as spina bifida or other congenital disorders, to children with behavioral or emotional conditions.” (More information is available at:

When and where

Helena: Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. at the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities (MCDD),  2714 Billings Ave., Helena, 59601
Butte: Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. and 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Community Coordinated Child Care (4Cs), 101 N Main St. Butte, MT 59701
Great Falls: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind (MSDB), 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT 59405
Missoula: Monday, May 1st, 2017,  12:00 – 1:30 P.M. at the Headwaters Park and Rec Meeting Room, Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula 59801
Kalispell: TBA
Billings: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017,

  • 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. LIFTT, 1201 Grand Ave, Billings, MT 59102
  • 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. at Billings Clinic, 2800 10th Ave N, Billings, MT 59101 -> Limited space and RSVP is required!
  • 1:30-3:00 P.M. LIFTT, 1201 Grand Ave, Billings, MT 59102 (Same information as morning session)

Miles City: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. at the Developmental Educational Assistance Program (DEAP), 2200 Box Elder, Miles City, Montana 59301


We are able to provide families with a $25 reimbursement for expenses related to taking part in the discussion forum. If you would need to travel more than 50 miles to attend the event, or if you need accommodations or an interpreter, please contact Severin Studer from the Rural Institute at the University of Montana ( For interpreters especially, please try to give us at least 1 week before the scheduled event to schedule an interpreter. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Unable to attend?

In the event that you will not be able to attend the forum but would still like to be involved and receive the information provided, please contact Severin Studer (

More information

More information about the survey and the discussion forums is available at: