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Social & rehabilitation services

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The business of SRS is people.

Known in some circles as "an umbrella
agency" (because of its wide range of services),
SRS provides services to the poor, the young,
the handicapped and the elders of Montana. It
operates through county welfare and human
services offices as well as through contracts
with Area Agencies on Aging, Human Resources
Development Councils, and other private
community corporations.

This booklet will give you a brief but broad
survey of the programs provided through the
Montana Department of Social and
Rehabilitation Services.

For more informatior] contact

Social and Rehabihtion Services
111 Sanders Street
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, Montana 59604

or call the

Citizens' Advocate Office



Montana Department of
Social & Rehiabilitation Sen^ices


Protective Services

State law mandates the protection of children
whose health and welfare may be adversely
affected by the conduct of the people responsible
for their care. The natural and inherent right of
parents to the care, custody and control of their
children, protected by due process, is a trust, not
an absolute. When parental care endangers a
child's normal physical, emotional and/or social
development, the Division's Child Protective
Services staff step in to help.

Report suspected child abuse and neglect
to county welfare or human services
offices, local law enforcement agencies or
the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline (toll-free

Child Welfare and
Other Services

Child Welfare services include family counseling,
day care, foster care, referral for medical care,
unmarried mother services and adoption.

The Community Services Division provides
other supportive services to children and their
families through various contracts. Contracted
services include Big Brothers and Sisters, family
counseling, legal services, domestic violence
services and local activities aimed at preventing
child abuse and neglect.

For more information call iK)ur county
welfare or human services office.

Community Services Division:


Protective Services

When elderly or disabled adults suffer mentally
or physically from abuse, neglect or exploitation,
they need protective services. To the extent that
funds are available, these may include social and
legal assistance as well as help in obtaining
medical care and other needed services.

Abuse, neglect and exploitation are most often
noticed and reported by neighbors, relatives and
public or private service workers, many of whom
are legally bound to report these situations.

Reports are made to county welfare or
humar] service offices or county attorneys.
If a report concerns someone age 60 or
older who lives in a nursing or personal
care home, rooming house or retirement
home, the report should be made to the
Long-Term Care Ombudsman toll-free at

Supportive Services

With help, elderly or disabled Montanans can
live in the least restrictive setting. Adults who
live at home may be provided a home attendant
to help them with household management,
personal care and social activities. They can also

: Community Services Division

get information and advice to help them
maintain their present living arrangements, find
the most appropriate place to live and obtain
medical and other services.

More information on these services is
available from county welfare and human
services offices.

Aging Services

Montanans age 60 and older can receive various
services through eleven Area Agencies on Aging.
These services include in-home services, group
and home-delivered meals, senior citizen centers,
legal services, information and referral and
ombudsman services.

For more information on these services call
toll-free the Long-term Care Ombudsman
at the Citizens' Advocate office at


SRS contracts with private nonprofit
corporations to provide a wide range of services
in community settings to people with
developmental disabilities (mental retardation,
cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism). Community
programs operate on the assumption that people
with developmental disabilities are better served
when they live and work in places that are as
close to normal as possible. Integration into the
community and increased independence form the
cornerstone of this assumption.

Individual needs shape the services clients
receive to the extent possible within a variety of
residential settings — both natural and foster
family homes, community group homes,
transitional living apartments and the clients'
own residences — and day service programs such
as work activity centers, sheltered workshops
and training for jobs.

The Developmental Disabilities Division funds
and monitors all contracted services. Individual
Habilitation Planning Teams or Family Services
Planning Teams (for children who live in their
own homes) coordinate each client's services.

Division offices are in Billings, Butte,
Glasgow, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell,
Miles Citi; and Missoula.

Developmental Disabilities Division


Disabled people receive help to achieve their
optimum work potential through Montana's wide
range of vocational rehabilitation services.

Any reasonable service disabled people need
to get back to work can be provided such as
evaluation, counseling, guidance, referral,
restoration, tools, training and placement.
Individuals' disabilities and interests shape their
service plans.

Except for evaluation, guidance, counseling
and placement, all services are based on
financial need, available resources and current
market conditions.

Two criteria determine eligibility: a mental or
physical disability or blindness which results in a
handicap to employment and a reasonable
expectation that these services would lead to
gainful work. Disabilities may be temporary,
moderate or severe, caused by accident, illness
or birth defect.

Rehabilitative Services district offices are
ir] Billings, Bozeman, Broiuning, Butte,
Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Helena,
Kalispell, Miles City, Missoula, Ronan
and Warm Springs.

A specialized program for blind and visually
disabled Montanans provides rehabilitation,
orientation and mobility training services in
addition to all those mentioned above, regardless
of economic need.

Visual Services offices are located in
Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Miles Citi>
and Missoula.

Rehabilitative & Visual Services Division:



Children or families with children who are in
financial need may receive money and services
to help meet living costs through this
state-federal program.

To be eligible for AFDC, the household must
include a child deprived in some way of parental
support and living with a parent or other legally
related person. Also, the child must be
under 18 years of age. A child over 18 but less
than 19 who is attending high school or an
equivalent and who expects to graduate in or
before the month of his or her 19th birthday
may also be eligible.

When economically needy women are
pregnant, they may qualify for AFDC during the
last three months of pregnancy.

To be eligible for this program, resources and
income must not exceed set limits.

Applications for AFDC assistance are
made through count\^ welfare and human
services offices.

= Economic Assistance Division


Basic Services

Medicaid is a state-administered federal program
that pays medical bills for eligible low income
people who can't afford the cost of health care.

Medicaid helps pay the costs of basic medical
services such as physicians, dentists, hospitals,
nursing homes, community and home programs,
medical supplies and other health care

Medicaid recipients need to be aware that not
all medical goods and services are paid for by
Medicaid nor do all health care providers take
part in the Medicaid program. All services must
be medically necessary.

Some Medicaid services may require a small
co-payment from the individual. Co-payment
amounts range from $.50 to $3.00 depending on
the type of medical service provided.

If you use Medicaid, you are entitled to the
same quality of health care that is available to
the general public.

Preventive Services
for Young Peopie

Early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment
(EPSDT) is a special element of Medicaid for
young people under 21 years of age. This
preventive health program offers regular
checkups for physical, visual, hearing or
developmental problems and, if called for,
follow-up treatment.

Applications for Medicaid assistance are
made through counti; welfare and human
services offices.

Economic Assistance Division:


The federal focxl stamp program provides
monthly benefits to help people in low-income
households buy the food they need for good
health. For most households, food stamps make
up only part of the food budget. Food stamp
recipients spend some of their own cash along
with their food stamps in order to buy enough
food for each month.

People eligible for food stamps work for low
wages, are unemployed or work part time,
receive welfare or other assistance payments
or are elderly or disabled and live on a
small income.

The amount of food stamps granted to a
household depends on the number of people in
the household and the monthly income the
household has after certain deductions have
been made. The basic rules of the program hold
true across the country.

The State of Montana administers this
program through county; welfare and
human services offices.

: Economic Assistance Division:






Two state-federal programs aim to help
Montanans make their homes warm and
weather-tight: home weatherization and fuel
assistance (LIEAP).

The national home weatherization program
makes it possible for people with low incomes to
reduce their heating costs and conserve energy.
Weatherizing homes permanently lowers energy
consumption, lessens our dependency on foreign
oil and conserves our natural resources.
Materials and labor for weatherization projects
are obtained locally whenever possible — a boost
for local communities. Limited funds make it
necessary to rank applications according to need
(the elderly or disabled are considered first).

Fuel assistance (LIEAP) will pay part of home
energy costs for eligible households. Payments
are most often made directly to local utility
companies and vendors.

Eligibility for both these programs is based on
income. Households receiving benefits from
other public assistance programs may
automatically qualify.

Human Resource Development Councils
and counti; welfare and human service
offices handle these assistance programs in
most communities. To find your local
contact call the Citizens' Advocate Office
at 1-800-332-2272.

Economic Assistance Division:

5,000 copies of this public document were
produced at an estimated cost of $.098 per copy,
for a total cost of $488.75 which includes $488.75
for printing and $000.00 for distribution.

Text, illustrations and design by Artz-Works of Helena.

April 1984


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