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(1) Independent living services include vocational rehabilitation services and other services that the department determines are necessary and will enhance the ability of persons with severe disabilities to live independently and to function within a community setting and, if appropriate, to secure and maintain appropriate employment.

(2) Independent living services are limited to those services specified in Montana's three-year state plan for independent living rehabilitation services submitted to and approved by the federal government. The Montana three-year state plan for independent living services under Title VII of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 796) is adopted and incorporated by reference and may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Disability, Employment, and Transitions Division, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210.

(3) Services may include, but are not limited to:

(a) counseling;

(b) services to secure housing or shelter including housing adaptation;

(c) physical and mental restoration;

(d) transportation including transportation training, assistance and referral;

(e) personal assistance, including attendant care and the training of personnel providing services;

(f) services and training for persons with cognitive and sensory disabilities, including life skills training, and interpreter and reader services;

(g) services to family members and dependents;

(h) vocational assistance and other training;

(i) information and referral;

(j) services for children with significant disabilities;

(k) advocacy and legal assistance;

(l) independent living skill training;

(m) peer counseling, including cross-disability peer counseling;

(n) individual and group social and recreational activities;

(o) outreach and recruitment;

(p) mobility training;

(q) therapeutic treatment;

(r) rehabilitation technology;

(s) surveys, directories, and other activities to identify appropriate housing, recreation opportunities, and accessible transportation, and other support services;

(t) consumer information programs on rehabilitation and independent living services especially for minorities and other groups of persons that have traditionally been unserved and underserved;

(u) prostheses and other appliances and devices;

(v) training for youth with significant disabilities to promote self-awareness and esteem, develop advocacy and self-empowerment skills, and explore career options;

(w) appropriate preventive services;

(x) community awareness programs to enhance the understanding and integration into society of persons with disabilities; and

(y) other services as may be necessary.

(4) The department may provide only those services it determines are needed, cost effective and for which funding is available.

History: 53-7-102, 53-7-315, 53-19-112, MCA; IMP, 53-7-102, 53-7-103, 53-19-103, 53-19-105, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1569, Eff. 10/18/85; AMD, 1992 MAR p. 2572, Eff. 11/26/92; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 1204, Eff. 7/8/97; TRANS, from SRS, 1998 MAR p. 2044; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 789, Eff. 5/10/13.

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