Monday, September 11, 2017

Montana Adaptive Equipment Program is closing

Dear MonTECH consumer:
 After more than two decades, we are sad to announce the end of the Montana Adaptive Equipment Program (MAEP). MAEP provides long-term loans of adaptive equipment to Montanans with developmental disabilities.
MonTECH staff was informed on August 31st that the MAEP program will no longer receive funding after September 30th. This is due to severe budget cuts by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).
We thank those who have used MAEP or recommended our program to friends, families, students, and clients.  We assure you that, although this program will end, we will do our best to help Montanans with disabilities get the adaptive equipment they need.
We are still unclear about how this change will impact our other programs, but we remain committed to provide tools and equipment that will improve the quality of life for those with disabilities. We are concerned about the impact this loss may have on Montanans, particularly those who will experience still more cuts in their services.
  1. In the future, how will I find equipment that has been housed by MAEP?
Over the next couple of months, some of the MAEP inventory will turn over to MATP Long-term Loans.  Go to our web site, click on ‘Equipment Loans and Reuse,’ click on ‘Search for Equipment in MATP-LTL.’