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Jan18, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – January 29, 2022

By |January 18th, 2022|Categories: Board of Directors|

Board of Directors Meeting
January 29, 2022 – 9:00am – 2:30pm

9:00am Call to Order
Notice of Meeting
Conflict of Interest Check
Annual Confidentiality Agreement and Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Approval of Minutes
Donna Gleaves
9:15am Governance Committee Report
Elect Officer
Recruitment Update
Kathie Waters
9:45am Legislative / Government Affairs Committee Report
Policy Priorities
Joel Peden
10:00am Finance / Audit Committee Report
Tami Hoar & Katherine Murfitt
10:30am Fundraising Committee Report
Jen Garber
10:45am Executive Committee Report
Donna Gleaves
11:00am PAIMI Advisory Council Report
Kathie Waters, Advisory Council Chair
11:15am Executive Director Report
Grievance Report
Strategic Plan
Overview of Grant programs
Ally Seneczko and Christa Gabriel
12:15pm Lunch with Staff
1:15pm Representative Payee Program Presentation
Teddi Everett
1:45pm Executive Session
2:15pm Public Comments / Announcements / Planning for Next Meeting
2:30pm Adjourn Meeting
Jan10, 2022

DRM’s Board of Directors is Seeking New Members

By |January 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana’s Board of Directors is seeking new members. Please refer to the Overview of the Board of Directors for answers to frequently asked questions.  If you are interested in applying to be a member of our Board, complete the application and values inquiry below:

Completed application materials can be emailed to with “Board of Directors Application” in the subject line or mailed to:

Disability Rights Montana
Attn: Bernadette Franks-Ongoy
1022 Chestnut Street
Helena, MT 59601

Dec21, 2021

Holiday Closure

By |December 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our office will be closed from December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. We will respond to emails when we return.

If this is an emergency, please call the office directly (or via relay) at the numbers below and leave a voicemail on the general voicemail box (someone will be checking this for emergencies):

Voice/TDD: (406) 449-2344
Toll free: 1-800-245-4743

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Nov15, 2021

Employment Opportunity – Paralegal

By |November 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana is a private non-profit civil rights organization whose mission is to protect and advocate for the rights of Montanans with disabilities. Disability Rights Montana seeks to hire an experienced Paralegal. The Paralegal works under the supervision of the Attorney Work Group to support and assist staff attorneys to carry out the legal priorities, objectives, and casework of the agency.

Applicant must be self-motivated, have the ability to problem solve through research, demonstrate proficient writing skills, have fluent computer knowledge, and be able to communicate effectively with people with disabilities, family members, and providers.

Applicant must also be familiar with Federal and Montana Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal and Montana Rules of Evidence, Federal and Montana Uniform District Court Rules, local court rules, and applicable citation manuals.

Applicant must have a minimum of three years of qualifying experience, a diploma, degree, or certification in paralegal studies, or work equivalent.

Position is located in Helena, Montana.  Some travel may be required. Salary is commensurate with experience. A generous benefit package includes paid time off, 403(b) retirement plan, health, life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, and professional development.

Disability Rights Montana offers excellent benefits and competitive salary. Starting salary ranges from $44,000-$48,000 DOE.

Position will be open until filled. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Katherine Murfitt
Director of Finance & Administration
1022 Chestnut Street
Helena, MT 59601

or by email to:

Disability Rights Montana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Sep21, 2021

FY22 Priorities and Objectives Draft for Comment

By |September 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana logo: outline of state of Montana, scales of justice, and a stick figure in a wheelchair

Disability Rights Montana, Montana’s protection and advocacy system, is developing its priorities and objectives for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2021. We depend on people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and the public to tell us what disability issues are most important. Please review the draft of our 2022 Priorities and Objectives and provide comments via or by calling 1-406-449-2344.

2022 Priorities and Objectives Draft

Sep8, 2021

Masking in Schools

By |September 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

At Disability Rights Montana, we work to protect every student’s right to safely access in-person education with their peers. Without masking in schools, many students with disabilities, and especially those with medical conditions putting them at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, are having to choose between their health and safety, and their education. Efforts to prevent masking in schools are putting children with disabilities at risk and preventing them from equally participating in their education.

The Office for Civil Rights is investigating states where governments have banned public schools from requiring students to wear masks. The bans on mask requirements, according to the OCR, may be preventing school districts from meeting the individual needs of students with disabilities or otherwise allowing discrimination based on disability, in violation of the law.[1]

If your child cannot wear a mask because of their disability, they have a right to an accommodation or modification of the school’s mask policies. You can request an accommodation from the School District for your child. We’ve provided a mask-specific request for reasonable accommodation form letter to help you with your request. If you feel your child has been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, please contact the Office for Civil Rights to file a complaint.

[1] Dear Superintendent Spearman, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Re: OCR Docket #11-21-8901, Aug. 30, 2021.

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