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Disability Rights Montana

Legislative forum on disability issues tonight at City College

A candidate forum to educate and inform legislative candidates about the issues of people with disabilities and their families is set for 6:30 tonight in room 117 of the Montana State University Billings City College, 3803 Central Ave.

June 17, 2014 12:07 pmLoading…

Candidate forum on disabilities set for Tuesday

Candidates from both parties seeking election to the Montana Legislature have been invited to a forum on disabilities organized by individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers.

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Group: Montana warehouses mentally ill inmates

Group: Montana warehouses mentally ill inmates

HELENA — Advocates who filed a federal lawsuit over Montana's treatment of mentally ill prisoners say they are optimistic the matter can still be resolved through negotiations with state corrections officials.

March 31, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

The stories are heart-wrenching. Serious violations of civil rights law are alleged.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos



Former development center employee files wrongful discharge lawsuit

HELENA — A psychology specialist who was employed at the Montana Development Center has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit, saying she was fired after facility managers claimed that she tried to get a client to move in with her for romantic reasons.

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Community providers still see need for state institution – but where, and what?

If Montana decides to downsize or close the state home for the developmentally disabled, its residents must go somewhere — and that “somewhere” is community-based providers.

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Montana’s institution for the developmentally disabled faces criticism, transformation

Montana’s institution for the developmentally disabled faces criticism, transformation

BOULDER — From the outside, the state-run Montana Developmental Center appears bucolic, its small cottages surrounded by manicured lawns and brick buildings housing offices, a pool, classrooms and a gymnasium. Staff members smile at clients, who respond in kind, as they chat about upcoming a…

August 05, 2012 12:05 am Photos


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Ruling to cost Montana State Hospital $30k

BUTTE -- Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs must pay $30,000 to an ex-patient after its staff barred the woman with physical disabilities from using her electric wheelchair.

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Lawsuit seeks report on abuse at Montana facility

HELENA — An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Justice seeking the public release of a report the group says may show that people involuntarily committed to the Montana Developmental Center are at risk of abuse or neglect.

February 11, 2012 5:05 pmLoading…

MDC superintendent reassigned after blistering letter from advocacy group

HELENA — The superintendent of Montana’s center in Boulder for the developmentally disabled stepped down Friday, one day after an advocacy group demanded the resignation of the center’s top officials, citing a “documented pattern of abuse, neglect and mismanagement.”

March 25, 2011 7:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Majority backs bills to restrict voting rights

I want to ensure that every eligible voter in my district has the opportunity to vote. House Bill 130 would have set up an all-mail process for voting in Montana. The bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Pat Ingraham, at the request of Secretary of State Linda McCullough. It was the result…

February 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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