National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Montana 2018

General Information

Statewide AT Program (Information to be listed in national State AT Program Directory)

State AT Program Title:
MonTECH
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/
Mailing Address:
29 McGill Hall
City:
Missoula
State:
Montana
Zip Code:
59812
Program Email:
montech@ruralinstitute.umt.edu
Phone:
4062435751
TTY:

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Department of Health and Humans Services-Disability Employment and Transitions
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4210
City:
Helena
State:
Montana
Zip Code:
59601
Program URL:

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
MonTECH at Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
Mailing Address:
29 McGill Hall, UM, MonTECH-Rural Institute
City
Missoula
State:
Montana
Zip Code:
59812
Program URL:
http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Anna-Margaret Goldman
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
4062435769
E-mail:
anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Berg, Beverly
Title:
Program Administrator
Phone:
4064546081
E-mail:
bberg@mt.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Goldman, Anna-Margaret
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
406-243-5769
E-mail:
anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Title:
Phone:
E-mail:

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Berg, Beverly
Title:
Program Administrator
Phone:
4064546081
E-mail:
bberg@mt.gov

State Financing

Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include any State Financing? Yes
Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include conducting a Financial Loan Program? Yes

Loan Applications
Area of Residence Total
Metro
RUCC 1-3
Non-Metro
RUCC 4-9
Approved Loan made 10 06 16
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 01 00 01
Total 11 06 17

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $10,428 Highest Income: $85,320

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$532,792 16 $33,300

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
$15,000
or Less
$15,001-
$30,000
$30,001-
$45,000
$45,001-
$60,000
$60,001-
$75,000
$75,001
or More
Number of Loans 01 09 02 02 01 01 16
Percentage of Loans 6.25% 56.25% 12.5% 12.5% 6.25% 6.25% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 16 100%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 00 0%
With loan guarantee only 00 0%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 16 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 16 $126,636
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 16 $126,636

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 4%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
49 16 3.0625%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 02
2.1% to 4.0% 14
4.1% to 6.0% 00
6.1% to 8.0% 00
8.1% - 10.0% 00
10.1%-12.0% 00
12.1%-14.0% 00
14.1% + 00
Total 16

5. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed

Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed
Type of AT Number of Devices Financed Dollar Value of Loans
Vision 00 $0
Hearing 02 $7,990
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 01 $3,000
Daily living 06 $16,005
Environmental adaptations 01 $1,500
Vehicle modification and transportation 06 $98,141
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 16 $126,636

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 00
Net loss for loans in default $0

B. State Financing Activities that provide consumers with resources and services that result in the acquisition of AT devices and services

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many other state financing activities that provide consumers with access to funds for the purchase of AT devices and services were included in your approved state plan? 00


C. State Financing Activities that Allow Consumers to Obtain AT at Reduced Cost

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many state financing activities that allow consumers to obtain AT at a reduced cost were included in your approved state plan? 00

D. Anecdote

Sarah Imoe, 66, moved to Hamilton from the south in 2015 to be near a new grandchild. Reliant on a power chair for mobility due to her progressive multi minicore myopathy, it didn’t take long to realize she would need an accessible vehicle to transport her chair through Montana’s dramatic winters. “I was limited in the amount of money I could apply to repayment,” Sarah explains. “I was getting desperate. Then I heard about the loan program and thought, it doesn’t hurt to try.” Through the assistive loan program, Sarah was able to purchase a reliable, accessible van for $4,000. Having her own vehicle means she can now pursue interests that enrich her life: window shopping, attending church, and, of course, loving on those grandchildren.

Impact Area

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 00 00
4. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 16 16
8. Total 00 00 16 16
9. Performance on this measure NaN% NaN% 0%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 16 100%
Total Surveyed 16
Response rate % 0%

G. Notes:

For the first time in the history of Montana's financial loan(at least to my knowledge), we have received over 4 financial loans. There was not a system in place to send the customer satisfaction survey out to participants. This will be addressed next fiscal year by increased communication with the financial partner, Rural Dynamics.

Reutilization

A. Number of Recipients of Reused Devices

Activity Number of Individuals Receiving a Device from Activity
A. Device Exchange 08
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 100
C. Total 108

Performance Measure
D. Device Exchange - Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Reassignment/Refurbishment and Repair and Open Ended Loans - Excluded from Performance Measure because AT is provided to or on behalf of an entity that has an obligation to provide the AT such as schools under IDEA or VR agencies/clients 00
F. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 108

If a number is reported in E you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

B. Device Exchange Activities

Device Exchange
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Exchanged Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Exchanged Savings to Consumers
Vision 02 $3,100 $1,100 $2,000
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 08 $7,418 $473 $6,945
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 08 $500 $0 $500
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 18 $11,018 $1,573 $9,445

C. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassignment and/or Open Ended Loan Activities

Device Reassign/Repair/Refurbish and/or OEL
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Reassigned/Refurbished and Repaired Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Sold Savings to Consumers
Vision 17 $29,980 $0 $29,980
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 08 $3,902 $0 $3,902
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 04 $2,298 $0 $2,298
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 192 $182,222 $0 $182,222
Daily Living 05 $7,365 $0 $7,365
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 02 $2,450 $0 $2,450
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 05 $1,838 $0 $1,838
Total 233 $230,055 $0 $230,055

D. Anecdote

Caleb Casey was life-flighted from the Bozeman Hospital to Seattle one day after his birth for open-heart surgery. Now two years old, Caleb continues to face a number of medical and developmental issues. But with the support of his large and loving family, Caleb consistently defies expectations. One cleared hurdle was his need for support while walking. To move independently, Caleb now uses a gait trainer that was formerly part of MonTECH’s adaptive equipment inventory. With the assistance of his gait trainer, Caleb can take advantage of increased independence and spontaneous social opportunities. “When any of his siblings try to direct him or guide the walker, he does what any other kid would do,” mom Elaine effuses. “He says, like, ‘Eh! Get away!’ Just good, natural development things!”

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 10 02 93 105
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 02 02
4. Subtotal 10 02 95 107
5. None of the above 00 00 01 01
6. Subtotal 10 02 96 108
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 10 02 96 108
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 98.96%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 104 96.3%
Satisfied 03 2.78%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 01 0.93%
Total Surveyed 108
Response rate % 99.07%

G. Notes:

Device Loan

A. Short-Term Device Loans by Type of Purpose

Loans By Purpose
Primary Purpose of Short-Term Device Loan Number
Assist in decision-making (device trial or evaluation) 402
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 01
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 02
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 00
Total 405

B. Short-Term Device Loan by Type of Borrower

LOANS By Borrower Type
Type of Individual or Entity Number of Device Borrowers
Individuals with Disabilities 348
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 10
Representative of Education 07
Representative of Employment 00
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 39
Representatives of Community Living 01
Representatives of Technology 00
Total 405

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 30

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number
Vision 82
Hearing 44
Speech Communication 418
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 72
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 41
Daily Living 51
Environmental Adaptations 19
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 03
Computers and Related 65
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 11
Total 806

E. Anecdote

Being fed by his parents at home wasn’t a big deal for Heath Montgomery. As a fourth grader with cerebral palsy, he was used to it. But being fed at school in front of his peers? It was just really weird having other people watching me while I was getting fed by an adult,” he explains. “It felt awkward,” a classmate agrees. Enter Obi, the robotic feeding companion. MonTECH arranged for a trial of Obi. Heath’s multiple test drives of Obi provided data proving he was able to use Obi to eat independently. Coupled with mom Jenny’s research about the health benefits of self-feeding, the Montgomerys were able to pursue funding for an Obi for Heath. Now Heath’s Obi allows him to eat independently at school, at home, and in restaurants. Heath’s classmate confirms the cool factor: “We think it’s just really awesome that Heath can eat by himself without his mom.”