Established in 2002, the Montana Disability and Health (MTDH) Program is a partnership of the Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) and The University of Montana Rural Institute (UMRI). MTDH collaborates with a wide range of community partners and people with disabilities, nationally recognized experts, and resource centers in selected areas.
MTDH is responsible for developing and implementing programs and services designed to
1) enhance program infrastructure and capacity;
2) improve state level surveillance and monitoring activities;
3) increase awareness of health-related disability policy initiatives;
4) increase health promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health;
5) improve access to health care for people with disabilities;
6) improve emergency preparedness among people with disabilities; and
7) effectively monitor and evaluate program activities.
The MTDH Program is funded by grant #1U59DD00991-01 from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Health Branch, Division of Human Development and Disability, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).