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The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:

Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.

Our transition activities are unique in that they promote:

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Health Care Transition Guide

Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: A Workbook to Help You Take Charge of Your Health is designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one's own health, and much more. Ideally, the workbook will be used as a guide for conversations between youth, their parents, and their medical providers. More about the Workbook.

Looking for Nominations for Emerging Leaders

Help expand the vision of what is possible for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities! We are looking for examples of Montanans who have a developmental disability and who learn, live, work and/or play in inclusive ways in their communities. ("Inclusive" means alongside people without disabilities.)

More information on nominating Emerging Leaders....

Community Investment Fund

Do you have an interesting idea or project to promote inclusion for people with disabilities? Would a small amount of start-up funds help you get your project off the ground? Consider applying for the Rural Institute Community Investment Fund.

Community Investment Fund Applications....


Montana Transition Resources: Mission: In October 2012, the Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects started work under a contract with Children's Special Health Services (CSHS) at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). Through the contract, project staff are increasing the capacity of CSHS to support children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) to transition successfully into adulthood. Activities include recruiting CYSHCN representatives for the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council; developing and providing webinar trainings on topics related to the transition needs of CYSHCN; expanding the Montana Transition E-Mail List to include CYSHCN partners (hospitals, specialty and regional clinics); disseminating health care transition-related information via the Montana Transition E-Mail List, the Transition and Employment Projects website, and other websites; and regularly updating and disseminating a health care coverage guide for families and youth.

More about CSHS....

Transition and Employment Consultation and Technical Assistance

We are available to provide consultation, training and/or technical assistance for your target audience (parents, youth, school staff, provider agency staff) at your site or through long distance technology, either short-term or ongoing.

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