National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Montana 2020

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):
Kimmel, Molly
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
4062435769
E-mail:
molly.kimmel@mso.umt.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Conzelman, Lacey
Title:
Program Manager
Phone:
4066557673
E-mail:
Lacey.Conzelman@mt.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Kimmel, Molly
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
4062435769
E-mail:
molly.kimmel@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):
Conzelman, Lacey
Title:
Program Manager
Phone:
4066557673
E-mail:
Lacey.Conzelman@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 04 04 08
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 02 00 02
Total 06 04 10

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $11,592 Highest Income: $119,798

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$408,218 08 $51,027

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 00 01 01 02 08
Percentage of Loans 12.5% 37.5% 0% 12.5% 12.5% 25% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 08 100%
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 08 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 08 $129,834
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 08 $129,834

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 3.5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
25 08 3.125%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 01
2.1% to 4.0% 07
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 08

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 $5,990
Speech communication 01 $7,300
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 02 $620
Environmental adaptations 01 $1,100
Vehicle modification and transportation 06 $113,229
Computers and related 01 $1,595
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 12 $129,834

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

Eamon is a power-chair user accustomed to going where he wants to go when he wants to go there, so when he moved in with his parents and found himself outside the jurisdiction of public transit, that got tricky. The local medical cab service was not going to be the answer either, since a roundtrip visit to the doctor cost $80. Without transportation, Eamon’s independence was severely diminished. That’s when he and mom Colleen decided to apply for a loan from the Montana Assistive Technology Loan Program (MATL). Eamon’s application was quickly approved and an accessible 2014 van purchased. Now caregivers can drive him where he wants to go. With COVID-19 afoot, there are restraints outside the family's control. Still, Colleen is grateful. “We’re not going many places,” she reports. “But we love it!”

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 02 05 07
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 02 05 07
5. None of the above 00 00 01 01
6. Subtotal 00 02 06 08
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 02 06 08
9. Performance on this measure NaN% 100% 83.33%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 08 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 08
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 03
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 188
C. Total 191

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 191

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 02 $1,100 $1,000 $100
Daily Living 01 $150 $0 $150
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 03 $1,250 $1,000 $250

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 27 $20,525 $1 $20,524
Hearing 01 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Speech Communication 08 $4,425 $0 $4,425
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 01 $800 $0 $800
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 205 $123,395 $0 $123,395
Daily Living 24 $3,884 $0 $3,884
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 01 $470 $0 $470
Computers and Related 12 $11,200 $0 $11,200
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 279 $166,199 $1 $166,198

D. Anecdote

At 90 years old, Elaine is tough. The former teacher and school counselor raised eight children and assisted her artist husband who lived in poor health for the last 30 years of his life. “It wasn’t easy,” she remembers. “But it was all do-able.” Now widowed, Elaine lives with impaired vision due to macular degeneration. No longer able to read, Elaine was pleased to borrow a used SARA as a long-term loan. Place a printed page on the SARA, and the device reads the text aloud. “I just say thank you,” Elaine says. “I use it every day. Sometimes I sit with it on the couch with my feet up, just listening.”

Older white woman with dark hair sits on her porch with small white poodle on her lap.
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. 14 02 169 185
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 04 04
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 14 02 173 189
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 14 02 173 189
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 02 02
8. Total 14 02 175 191
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 98.86%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 191 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 191
Response rate % 100%

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) 377
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 04
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 10
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 01
Total 392

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 355
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 12
Representative of Education 07
Representative of Employment 00
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 18
Representatives of Community Living 00
Representatives of Technology 00
Total 392

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 58
Hearing 23
Speech Communication 340
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 78
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 766
Daily Living 73
Environmental Adaptations 05
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 03
Computers and Related 101
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 34
Total 1,481

E. Anecdote

Mathalia is painfully shy. The 26-year-old with Down syndrome finds it difficult to make eye contact and speaks in a quiet whisper. When Mathalia was invited to take an active role in the Consumer Advisory Council of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, mom Jan knew Mathalia would need additional support in order to be heard. They found success with the Winbridge Voice Amplifier they borrowed from MonTECH. With Winbridge, Mathalia can be heard during Council meetings, communicate with caregivers and co-workers, and vocally participate in business meetings for her potholder business. She even co-presented at the 8th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Virtual Conference.“She can participate in her online prayer group, and people can hear and understand,” Jan reports.“It makes Mathalia happy when people can hear her.”