Montana Disability & Health Community Planning Group


MTDH has a long-standing collaborative relationship with a wide range of disability service providers and with people with disabilities. Representatives from Centers for Independent Living (CILs), developmental disability service programs, and disability advocacy organizations serve as members of the Montana Disability & Health Community Planning Group (MDHCPG), as do individuals with disabilities who represent different impairment groups (e. g., mobility impairments, developmental disabilities, etc.).

The MDHCPG participates actively in MTDH planning, program implementation, and evaluation. The MDHCPG’s role includes mobilizing support and partnerships, and providing insight on the effectiveness of existing state policies related to disability. In addition, MDHCPG conducts programmatic activities. Specifically, they sponsor the Disability Advisors program, the Accessibility Ambassadors program, policy review committees (e.g., housing), and MTDH’s long-term strategic planning process.

Kathie Bach
811 E. Wren Lane
Glendive, MT 59330

James Bissett, Executive Director
Spring Meadows Resources Inc.
2850 Broadwater Ave.
Helena, MT 59602

Rachel Donahoe
Family and Community Health Bureau
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
1400 Broadway, Room C314
Helena, MT 59620

Ginny Furshong, Section Manager
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau, 1400 Broadway, Room C314
Helena, MT 59620

Todd Hoar
Silver Bow County Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
305 W. Mercury
Butte MT 59701

Deborah Swingley
7 W. 6th Avenue
Suite 2A
Helena, MT 59601

LizAnn Kudrna
222 E Koch
Bozeman, MT 59715

Mike Mayer, Executive Director
Summit Independent Living Center
700 SW Higgins Ste 101
Missoula MT 59803

Art McDonald
PO Box 326
Lame Deer, Montana 59043

Brent Morris
Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow, Inc.
1201 Grant Avenue Suite 1
Billings, MT 59102

Kelly Murray
Mountain View Social Development Center
2100 Farragut
Butte, MT 59701

Connie Orr, Developmental Disabilities Program
Crisis Prevention & Response Team Supervisor
Developmental Services Division
111 N. Sanders, Room 305
PO Box 4210 Helena, MT 59620

Tiffany Sauer
Pronghorn Drive
Clancy, MT 59634

Mike Schaff
People First of Montana
Serendipity Apartments
6 South Park, #C-19
Helena, MT 59601

Brenda Schmidt
Senior and Long Term Care Community Services
2681 Palmer, Suite K
Missoula, MT 59808

Ian Michael Thigpen, MA EM
Risk Communications & Mass Care Coordinator
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
1400 Broadway, Room C-202, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951
O: (406) 444-0931 │ F: (406) 444-3044

Barbara Varnum, Executive Director
Montana Telecommunications Access Program
111 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59604


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Last update: 8/27/15