National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Montana 2019

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 05 04 09
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 05 04 09

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $14,976 Highest Income: $93,423

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$391,982 09 $43,554

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 03 02 01 00 02 09
Percentage of Loans 11.11% 33.33% 22.22% 11.11% 0% 22.22% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 09 100%
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 09 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 09 $130,001
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 09 $130,001

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 4%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
28 09 3.11111111111111%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 01
2.1% to 4.0% 08
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 09

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 01 $1,499
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 01 $7,346
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 07 $121,156
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 09 $130,001

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

Harvey Keim was an over-the-road truck driver for decades. Forced to retire from truck driving when he developed foot drop as a complication of his muscular dystrophy, he is still able to drive while wearing braces. That is, he can drive when he has something to drive. This year, Keim’s Ford Explorer was totaled when he hit a deer on the highway. His limited income required him to shop for a salvage title to get the best possible price, but his bank does not finance salvage titles. Bargain shopping is crucial because making any vehicle accessible increases the cost of the vehicle by $20,000-26,000. The single father of two daughters was relieved to learn about MonTECH’s Montana Assistive Technology Loan Program (MATL). Through MATL, Keim was able to purchase an accessible Toyota Sienna with a ramp for his power chair. Application to purchase took about 10 days, and now Keim is once again able to get to his appointments, run errands, and drive his girls all the many places they (think) they need to go.

Harvey giving a thumbs up next to his van
Impact Area

N/A

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 02 06 08
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 01 01
4. Subtotal 00 02 07 09
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 02 07 09
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 02 07 09
9. Performance on this measure NaN% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 09 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 09
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Reutilization

A. Number of Recipients of Reused Devices

Activity Number of Individuals Receiving a Device from Activity
A. Device Exchange 00
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 129
C. Total 129

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 129

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 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 00 $0 $0 $0
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 00 $0 $0 $0

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 05 $12,300 $0 $12,300
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 02 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 01 $110 $0 $110
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 105 $98,466 $0 $98,466
Daily Living 03 $535 $0 $535
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 02 $458 $0 $458
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 43 $62,379 $0 $62,379
Total 161 $175,248 $0 $175,248

D. Anecdote

It was life as usual for Alicia Bunch until late summer 2019, when an auto accident left her with a traumatic brain injury. So began her odyssey of learning to navigate the world with a disability and minimal income. Alicia has encountered obstacles no matter how straightforward her need. Case in point: she was prescribed a walker with a seat and brakes by her care team, yet Medicaid will only pay for a collapsible aluminum walker with neither seat nor brakes. “They’ll only cover something that’s potentially going to cause more issues,” Shea Kumaewa, Alicia’s Supportive Living Coordinator, observed. “It just seems counter-intuitive to me.” Buying the recommended walker was out of the question. “I can’t work,” Alicia explained. “I live in HUD housing and have only $250 a month. I don’t even have $20.00 to pay for a walker.” Alicia left MonTECH with a donated walker. An excellent example of needs being met by MonTECH’s re-use/exchange program, this free walker has the medically prescribed features required for Alicia to walk safely.