May The Force Be with You, Always!

By Jude Monson 2017 was a heck of a year for people with disabilities, veterans, those of us 65 or older and, in general, people who care deeply about one another’s health and economic condition in Montana, the US, and worldwide. It was hard at times to find hope and think positively considering the [...]

By | 2018-01-04T11:55:59+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Summit Staff

Tom Murphy, Independent living Specialist, Kalispell Tom joins the Summit team as a staff member in our Kalispell office as an Independent Living Specialist. Tom comes to Summit with over 17 years of experience working in the disability field. Tom’s primary focus will be assisting Summit with our work with students with disabilities throughout [...]

By | 2018-01-04T11:42:30+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Resiliency and the Slight Edge

By Shelby Humphreys It’s 7:00 am, and even the tendons hugging my bones ache. It’s way too early to go vertical. But I committed to being on-staff, at a conference, in an hour. I roll to my side and yank the bed covers overhead. I remember the day I volunteered for this gig. What [...]

By | 2018-01-03T16:49:14+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2018 Social Security and Medicare Changes

Social Security (Retirement and Disability): 2.0% increase Medicare Part B Monthly Premium: $134 (or higher depending on your income) Supplemental Security Income (SSI): 2.0% increase Individual - $750/month Couple - $1125/month Essential Person - $376/month Substantial Gainful Activity Guidelines: Blind - $1970 Non-blind - $1180 Trial Work Period Threshold: $850 For more [...]

By | 2018-01-04T12:02:16+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Montana Budget Reductions

Despite our and your best efforts to stop budget cuts to vital programs during the past year, and during the special legislative session in November 2017, many budget reductions were implemented and will go into effect starting in January 2018. While we were successful in helping to save or lessen the impact on some [...]

By | 2018-01-03T16:37:27+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ravalli County Update-Hamilton Happenings

The 1st part of Oct. the Ravalli County peers put together a scarecrow for the Stevensville contest. It was a great group effort. A very rough wheel chair was made for the scarecrow to sit on surrounded by all kinds of scary things made by the craftsmen at our TGIAF (Thank Goodness it’s Activity [...]

By | 2018-01-03T16:27:59+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Flathead County Update-Kalispell Happenings

Summit Independent Living in Kalispell: Happy New Year! We have a yoga class planned for January 23rd for those of you interested in learning some yoga moves to do while you are sitting down. RSVP needed. Along with our activities and classes with our consumers, our office has been busy with classes in the [...]

By | 2018-01-03T16:18:03+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Effect of Proposed Budget Cuts and How to Advocate

Summit has been extremely busy this fall combating efforts on the federal level to dismantle long-term services and supports, namely the Community First Choice Program and the Medicaid program, as well as trying to beat back devastating budget cuts that have been proposed by Gov. Bullock on the state level. While for the time [...]

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Disability Advocates Rally Against Budget Cuts

On September 11, Montana’s Centers for Independent Living, ADAPT Montana, Disability Rights Montana, the Montana Dental Association, the Behavior Health Association of Montana, Mental Health America of Montana, the Montana Youth Leadership Forum, the Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Western Montana Mental Health Center and other disability and aging advocates, providers, and consumers held a [...]

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Mon 22

Living Well with a Disability Class

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wellness Recovery Action Plan (W.R.A.P.)

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Poetry Workshop

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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