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"Visit Montana Colleagues" trip report by Marty Blair

Marty's Visit Montana's Colleagues trip

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1250.1. That is the number of miles I traveled last week on my "Visit Montana Colleagues" trip.

I started in Helena with the new Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) director, the MT Part C Coordinator, and the director of Disability and Employment Transitions (MT's VR agency). I spent almost two hours with our federal partner, the MT Developmental Disabilities Council.

In Billings I met with the medical and administration staff at The Children's Clinic, I also met with the director of PLUK, Inc and the director of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).

On to Glendive where I spent several hours with the Prairie View Special Services Coop coordinator (provides special education and related services in 13 eastern counties) and the new president of Dawson Community College.

Montana-road-signAcross the Hi-Line I visited with early intervention and adult DD providers in Glasgow, Malta, Havre and Big Sandy.

Marty-Blair-on-the-roadOn Friday I toured Benefis Hospital, spent a couple of hours with Tom Osborne at the Northern Center for Independent Living Services, and attended the afternoon session of the “Kids, Families, Schools and The Law” symposium sponsored by Disability Rights Montana and PLUK, Inc., among others. I spent several hours that evening with PLUK staff from across the state and with State Senator Mary Caferro (D-Helena), who also directs the Arc of Montana.

On Saturday morning I attended two mental-health focused sessions at the symposium, then headed home.

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