National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Montana 2021

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, University of Montana
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 10 06 16
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 02 02
Total 10 08 18

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $3,181 Highest Income: $129,360

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$945,389 16 $59,087

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 02 02 04 01 02 05 16
Percentage of Loans 12.5% 12.5% 25% 6.25% 12.5% 31.25% 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 $222,385
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 16 $222,385

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 4%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
53 16 3.3125%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 01
2.1% to 4.0% 15
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 06 $30,750
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 01 $1,485
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 09 $190,150
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 16 $222,385

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? 0


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? 0

D. Anecdote

R.S., 79, needed hearing aids. Not just any hearing aids; she needed custom hearing aids to fit an ear damaged by a childhood stroke. She also wanted Bluetooth capability so she could connect directly to her smart tv. Hearing aids like that come with a hefty price tag: $5,425. R.S. contacted Ann-Margaret Periman at the Montana Assistive Technology Loan Program (MATL), MonTECH’s financial loan program managed by Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Great Falls. With Ann-Margaret’s assistance, R.S. had her loan within 48 hours. “The payments are very reasonable,” R.S. says. “It’s not like I have to quit eating or quit buying my normal things. It fits my budget. Now I can join in with people to watch a movie or do almost anything!”