mILp maintains an information and referral database so we may best provide information to individuals and families. If we do not have the information you are looking for, we will find it or connect you with someone who can. I&Rs may include:
What is IL? At its core, IL simply means having equal access to the same opportunities as the rest of society and as specified by the ADA. mILp’s professional staff of IL Specialists provides people living with disabilities with instruction and training to assist in living independently. mILp offers the following IL skills training:
The purpose of Peer Support is to match individuals with similar disabilities to empower each other through encouragement and support. This service assists individuals adapting to life with a disability or transitioning through different life stages. mILp also encourages individuals to seek out new opportunities.
mILp works in the community to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities by removing barriers and focusing efforts on accessibility to public services, education, and benefits. As an IL Center, we are at the forefront of advocating for access, choice, and self-determination for individuals with disabilities. mILp can help advocate for the rights of individuals living with any type of disability on both an individual and a systems level.
mILp provides options for people living with disabilities and/or those who are aging to move from a nursing facility to a quality community setting that meets their needs and desires. The objectives of mILp transition services are:
mILp also assists youth on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) program that are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary life.
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 SPDAS 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. Your health care professional may allow self-management of your personal bowel program, catheter care, and medication administration and/or wound care.
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. 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.
To quality for the Medicaid SPDAS program, you must:
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.
mILp will serve as your SDPAS liaison. Our services 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).
To apply for SDPAS services, contact the mILp office serving your county and ask to speak to a member of a Self-Directed Team for more information. Call the mILp office representing your county below. 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).
825 Great Northern Blvd, STE 105
Helena, MT 59601
3475 Monroe, STE 100
Butte, MT 59701
3825 Valley Commons Drive, STE 2
Bozeman, MT 59718
O&M skill instruction teaches an individual with low vision or blindness identify where they are in a space and where they want to go (orientation and equips them to carry out a plan to get where they want to go (mobility). O&M skills should begin to be developed in infancy starting with basic body awareness and movement continuing on into adulthood.
At mILp, O&M skills are taught only by Certified O&M Specialists (COMS). mILp is the ONLY provider in the State of Montana that performs one-on-one instruction within someone's home, school, and community - thereby avoiding segregated schools and institutions. Through this program, individuals will learn skills that allow them to navigate the world efficiently, effectively, and safely.
O&M skill training is individualized and may include the following:
Additional O&M skill instruction may include Self-Care and Home Management training. Those tasks may include activities of daily living (ADLs), lighting assessments, as well as recommendation and instruction for effective use of assistive devices.
O&M skill instruction is highly individualized and is intended to equip an individual with a skill set to live as independently as possible. Thus, instruction may take place within the home setting, in the community, in public spaces, or, if authorized, in school. COMS strongly encourages professionals involved with the individual to observe and learn the O&M skills and related language to support on-going use of learned skills.
A primary goal of O&M is to equip an individual with a visual impairment with the ability to achieve independent movement to the greatest degree possible. Most individuals who have low vision or blindness are able to learn routes in familiar environments by utilizing various clues and landmarks to provide orientation. With O&M training, any individual has the potential to travel independently.
Effective July 1, 2013, Montana Medicaid will pay for O&M instruction for Medicaid eligible individuals aged birth through twenty (20) who have low vision or blindness. For veterans with vision loss from service or non-related circumstances, mILp is a contracted vendor with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ensuring that O&M services are paid in full. For any other adult, O&M services can be provided for a fee for service arrangement directly with mILp.
Parents, legal guardians, early intervention family support specialists, medical providers, teachers, case managers, special education directors, Vision Outreach Consultants from Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, or any service provider may provide a referral directly to mILp.
Children age birth to three are served under Medicaid's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) program. The referent or family member may contact mILp to provide O&M instruction. mILp will provide an agreement to establish a provision of services to be provided. mILp bills Medicaid directly for O&M instruction.
An individual 21 years or older with low vision or blindness may be referred to mILp for O&M instruction. mILp will provide an assessment if necessary and then an agreement to define the provision of services to be provided. The agreement will include a fee for service arrangement. mILp bills the individual or family member/representative directly.
An eligible veteran may be referred to mILp for O&M instruction. mILp’s O&M Specialist makes arrangements with the veteran to provide services according to the authorization provided by the VA contract. mILp bills the VA directly.
All information obtained from the referral, assessment, and provision of service delivery process is held in strict confidence. Information about the individual is important to the mutual planning for services. mILp employs COMS who adheres to a strict code of ethics. All individuals, and/or their representative, receiving services from MILP will be provided a copy of mILp’s Notice of Privacy Practices.
Call Toll Free at 1.800.735.6457 or contact the mILp Helena office at 406.442.5755.