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Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – September 26, 2020

Board of Directors Meeting
September 26, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meeting held via Zoom

9:00 a.m. Call to Order
Notice of Meeting
Acknowledgement of Current Members Below Minimum
Acknowledgement of the Removal of Public Comment
Approval of July 25, 2020 and August 14, 2020 Minutes
Executive Committee Report
Theresa Baldry, President
9:10 a.m. PAIMI Report
Kathie Waters, Advisory Council Chair
9:15 a.m. Governance Committee Report
New Board member nomination
Kathie Waters
9:25 a.m. Fundraising Committee Report
Will Warberg
9:30 a.m. Bylaws/Legislative Committee Report
Donna Gleaves
9:35  a.m. Executive Director Report
List of task forces, boards, cooperative allies, and committees (Work Plan 3.1)
Bernadette Franks-Ongoy
10:00 a.m. Finance / Audit Committee Report
Accounting Manual
  • Liability and Officers and Directors Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance (2nd motion)

Review FY20 Projected Year-end Financial Report
FY21 Budget
Dave Richards / Kelli Kaufman

10:30 a.m. FY21 Priorities and Objectives
11:00 a.m. Executive Session
Risk Assessment
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Endowment Training
Michael Schechtman, Big Sky Institute
1:45 p.m. Foundation Training
2:30 p.m. Training Discussion
3:00 p.m. Adjourn Meeting


By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disability Rights Montana’s 2020 Virtual Conference

Shifting the Narrative: An Intersectional Approach to Mental Health

Montana, are you ready to Shift the Narrative? We are thrilled to announce our virtual conference on September 14-18, 2020. You will have the opportunity to engage with nationally recognized disability and mental health activists, attorneys, and mental health providers for what will be an impactful experience! The conference will include powerful visions and tools for creating culturally competent, non-discriminatory, and inclusive mental health care systems. Register today!

For more information visit

By |August 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – July 25, 2020

Board of Directors Meeting
July 25, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
1022 Chestnut Street, Helena, Montana

9:00 a.m. Call to Order
Notice of Meeting
Executive Committee Report
Acknowledgement of Current Members Below Minimum
Acknowledgement of the Removal of Public Comment
BOD Calendar Amendment: Liability Insurance
Approval of April 25, 2020 and June 12, 2020 Minutes
Theresa Baldry, President
9:10 a.m. PAIMI Report
Kathie Waters, Advisory Council Chair
9:15 a.m. Finance / Audit Committee Report
FY19 Year End Financial Reports
FY20 3rd Quarter Financial Reports
FY19 Audited Financial Statements
990 Review
Update to Travel Reimbursement Rates
Dave Richards / Kelli Kaufman
9:45 a.m. Fundraising Committee Report
Will Warberg
9:50 a.m. Bylaws/Legislative Committee Report
Subcommittee of Appropriations – Beth’s request for information on Republican House Members
Donna Gleaves
10:00  a.m. Executive Director Report
COVID-19 Update
Program Activity
Conference Update
Bernadette Franks-Ongoy
10:10 a.m. Governance Committee Report
Recruitment Update
Kathie Waters
10:20 a.m. Strategic/Work Plan Discussion and Amendments
10:50 a.m. Executive Session
Personnel/Grievance updates
Executive Director Evaluation
11:10 a.m. Recognition of Maryanne’s Years of Service
11:20 a.m. Adjourn Meeting
By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

DRM Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Once again, we have witnessed vast disparities in our criminal justice system. The death of George Floyd and many others before him have highlighted the racial injustices that has long plagued our nation.

This needs to end.

You may be asking how this is a disability issue.

The answer is simple.

People with disabilities are black, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, detainees, refugees, members of the LGBT community and every religious group. We are interconnected.

Disability Rights Montana stands with those demanding justice. We believe that ALL people, including those who face oppression by systemic racism, are entitled to equal access to the opportunities and safety afforded to ALL members of our society.

We reject hate. We demand change.

As Desmond Tutu wisely said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

DRM is willing to be part of a broader conversation with all stakeholders to find solutions.

DRM is committed to continue our work to reform the criminal justice system through advocacy and legislation to the benefit of ALL.

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

MT Shares Annual Raffle

The 26th annual Montana Shares raffle is now underway and the drawing will be held on September 18th, 2020. Support Disability Rights Montana and other Montana non-profits and become eligible for great prizes. You need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by mail and will be posted within two weeks after the drawing on the Montana Shares website.

There are 33 fabulous prizes, including 14 prize packages this year (each prize package is worth $200-$300)! Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket, 3 tickets for $25, 6 tickets for $40, or 18 tickets for $100.

Money collected from the raffle helps Montana Shares’ program budget, which in turn, helps them support members with the ongoing work to invest in Montana’s human, animal, cultural and natural resources. Click on the images below for a list of prizes and printable raffle tickets. To enter the raffle, print and complete the number of tickets you’d like to purchase and mail them along with payment to:

Montana Shares
PO Box 833
Helena, MT 59624

By |June 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

State’s Appendix K Waiver Request Approved

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, MT DPHHS has submitted a series of amendments to Montana’s Medicaid waivers to help lessen the impact of the situation upon providers and those who receive their services. The most recent of these was an Appendix K request which included various requests for alterations to the way that Medicaid waiver services are provided. This included all three disability waivers in our system: the Big Sky Home and Community Based Waiver (“Big Sky”), the Montana Behavioral Health Severe Disabling Mental Illness Home and Community Based Waiver (“SDMI”) and the Montana Home and Community Based Waiver for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (“0208″). We were given the opportunity to comment on the wavier application prior to submittal, and many of our recommendations were adopted.

The federal government approved the request on April 30, 2020. Significant changes are as follows:

  • Waives prior authorization limits on the following services:
    • 0208 waiver – respite;
    • Big Sky waiver – companion, respite, personal assistance services and non-medical transportation;
    • SDMI waiver – homemaker chore services
  • Permits the following services to be delivered in a participant’s home environment or alternative provider or community setting:
    • 0208 waiver – day supports and activities, retirement services, supported employment-follow […]
By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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