MILP provides timely information to people with disabilities, their families, and the general public through the use of our staff’s expertise and access to the Internet and other information resources.
Information & Referral Services Include:
Accessibility concerns and resources,
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access and employment issues, and legal and legislative news and updates,
Medical, legal, social and individualized information on understanding your disability,
Alternative resources and availability,
Financial resource opportunities including assistance with pursuing grants and loans for acquiring necessary assistive and adaptive devices.
Independent Living Skills Training
MILP’s professional staff of Independent Living Specialists provides people with disabilities – our consumers – with both instruction and training to assist them in living independently.
Daily Living Skills: MILP provides learning opportunities for: budgeting, menu/meal planning, meal preparation/cooking, and grocery shopping.
Community Resource Acquisition: Our staff assists our consumers in researching and applying for community resources such as Medicaid services and waivers, Medicare benefits, food stamps, energy assistance and Meals on Wheels services.
Support and Recreational Groups: MILP sponsors recreational and support group activities as requested by our consumers.
Social Security Assistance: MILP provides educational assistance and advocacy for all aspects of Social Security, including securing and maintaining benefits, and the application and appeals processes.
Individual And Group Advocacy:
MILP’s staff provides our consumers with information and training regarding individual civil rights and responsibilities regarding local, state and national issues. We also assist consumers in promoting and modeling these interests to others.
In addition, MILP staff and board members participate in local, state and national activities that promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of daily living.
A person who has experienced a disability might be available to help in a private one-on-one setting to provide peer advice and support to another individual who is experiencing similar adjustment challenges.
All peer advocates are trained and supervised by MILP’s professional staff members.
Medicaid Self-Directed Personal Assistance Services (SDPAS) Program
Medicaid’s Self-Directed Personal Assistance Services Program (SDPAS) is designed especially for consumers who wish to manage their own services by developing a long-term supportive care program in a home setting.
Initial services may include recruiting, hiring, training and managing personal care attendants as needed by the consumer. The specific type of care authorized is dependent upon the consumer’s needs, living situation, the approval of a healthcare professional and Mountain Pacific Quality Health.
SDPAS services also include: help with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, ambulation and exercising. Depending upon your personal situation, you may receive authorization for meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, and grocery shopping and medical escort.
In addition, your health care professional may allow self-management of your personal bowel program, catheter care, and medication administration and/or wound care.
Eligibility Under Medicaid: To qualify for SDPAS, you must:
Have a health condition that limits your ability to perform certain activities of daily living,
Participate in the screening process, and
Be eligible for Medicaid.
To remain eligible for SDPAS, you, the consumer, must follow the rules of the program, participate in your own self care as reasonably as possible and remain financially eligible for Medicaid. If your situation or needs change, adjustments in services or a potential discharge from the SDPAS program may occur.
The SDPAS program does not cover such tasks as: yard work, household repairs, major cleaning, shopping for non-essential items, escort to non-medical services, pet care or general transportation.
MILP’s services as your SDPAS liaison include serving as the fiscal agent for payroll and billing to Medicaid for service payments, as well as providing you with instruction on how to train and educate your own Personal Care Attendant (PCA).
How to Apply: To apply for SDPAS services, contact the MILP office serving your county.
For Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Powell counties contact our Helena office at (406) 442-5755 or Toll Free at 1-800-735-6457.
For Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, and Silver Bow counties contact our Butte office at (406) 782-4834.
For Gallatin, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass, and Wheatland counties contact our Bozeman office at (406) 522-7300.
Ask to speak to a member of a Self-Directed Team for more information. You may also contact Mountain Pacific Quality Health at 1-800-268-1145.
The Self-Direct program is made available through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Senior and Long-Term Care Division (SLTC).
MILP is a not-for-profit agency governed by a consumer-controlled Board of Directors whose lives have been personally impacted by a disability. It is funded in part by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992 (Title VII- Independent Living Services), and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (Disability Services Division). To obtain accessible formats of this website information contact MILP's Helena office at (406) 442-5755 or toll free at 1-800-735-6457.