Maryanne is a member of the Board of Directors. She is also member of the PAIMI Advisory Council and serves as Vice Chair of the Council.
Maryanne was an adult case manager at the Dillon Western Montana Mental Health Office for 15 years until January 2, 2018 when the company closed their rural office. She has experienced first- hand the frustrations of sorting through the complex (and often non-existent) services trying to find help for family members and her clients who are facing mental health problems.
She sees the recent budget cuts causing a crisis for many of the previous clients who depended on the mental health services provided by their office. She daily hears the concerns of other providers in the area who are overloaded and unable to keep up with all the needs of this population.
“Part of the unique legacy our founding fathers left us with was the concept that we must protect the God-given rights of everyone,” Maryanne said, “When we lose sight of that mission, no one will be safe. The most vulnerable people in our society are the elderly, the unborn and the disabled. Without protection and advocacy organizations such as Disability Rights Montana, these people often have no one to advocate for them and cannot afford legal representation.”
Maryanne spent 20 years in geriatrics as the social services/admissions/marketing director in a 105 bed skilled nursing facility. She wrote feature articles for the Montana Standard for ten years under the name Maryanne Davis Silve. Older people and those with special needs were the focus of many of her personal profile articles.
Part of the philosophy that drew her to Disability Rights Montana is her belief that we need to empower those who struggle with disabilities. We also need to dispel the myths that surround those challenges and open the doors for these people to be treated with equal respect and opportunity so they may move toward accomplishing their individual goals in life.