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Our Programs

Disability Rights Montana is the State of Montana's designated CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP) and designated PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY (P&A) SYSTEM for People with Disabilities.

This section of our website provides a brief description of CAP and each of the P&A programs we administer:

 

Authorized in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 732, P.L. 105-220 (Last amendment and reauthorization: Workforce Investment Act of 1998).

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a federally funded program authorized under the amended Rehabilitation Act of 1973. CAP's goal is to identify, explain and resolve any problems you may be having with your rehabilitation program as quickly as possible.

 

Authorized in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights, 42 U.S.C. 15001, P.L. 106-402. 

(PADD) is a program authorized by federal law to help Montanans with developmental disabilities exercise their full rights as citizens.

 

Authorized in the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act, 42 U.S.C. 10801, P.L. 106-310.

The purpose of PAIMI is to protect and advocate the rights of persons with mental illness, in facilities and in the community, to investigate reports of abuse and neglect of persons with mental illness and maintain and operate a protection and advocacy system in Montana for persons with mental illness.

 

Authorized in the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. 794E, P.L. 106-402.

The purpose of the PAIR program is to protect and advocate the legal and human rights of people with disabilities who are not eligible to be served in the CAP, PADD or PAIMI programs.

 

Authorized in the Assistive Technology Act, 29 U.S.C. 3011, 3012, P.L. 105-394.

The Assistive Technology Program provides assistance to persons with disabilities to obtain assistive technology (AT) devices and/or services. The AT program does not provide devices and services directly - it helps individuals with disabilities access assistive technology devices and services from funding sources.

 

Authorized in the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b-20, P.L. 106-170.

The purpose of this program, which is funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA), is to protect the legal rights of a Social Security beneficiary in their efforts to return to work.

 

Authorized in the Children's Health Act of 2000, 42 U.S.C. 300d-53, P.L. 106-310.

The purpose of PATBI is to protect and advocate the rights of persons with traumatic brain injury, in facilities and in the community, to investigate reports of abuse and neglect of persons with traumatic brain injury and maintain and operate a protection and advocacy system in Montana for persons with traumatic brain injury.

 

Authorized in the Help America Vote Act of 2002, 42 U.S.C. 15461-62, P.L. 107-252.

This program enables P&As to secure election access for a wide range of individuals with disabilities - including but not limited to, individuals with mental, sensory, and physical disabilities.