The Montana Adaptive Equipment Program (MAEP) is a grant-funded program that loans adaptive equipment (AE) to children, teens, and adults who have a qualifying developmental disability (see eligibility form). A variety of positioning, seating, mobility, recreation, and ADL equipment is available for loan. Equipment is loaned for 120 days with an extension available if the consumer is unable to acquire the AE by other means. Delivery of loan items is grant-funded and free of charge to the consumer. Some items require pick-up and drop-off from the local bus station.
MAEP works directly with consumers, their families, occupational and physical therapists, and case managers around the state to ensure provision of the most appropriate adaptive equipment. MAEP also provides a list of many of the equipment vendors who provide services to individuals with disabilities within Montana.
Any Montana resident of any age who is, or has been certified as having a Developmental Disability as defined by the State, and is determined eligible for services through the DPHHS-Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP)
The State of Montana’s definition of a developmental disability (DD) is:
“Developmental disabilities’ means disabilities attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or any other neurologically disabling condition closely related to intellectual disability and requiring treatment similar to that required by intellectually disabled individuals if the disability originated before the person attained age 18, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and results in the person having a substantial disability.” http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/53/20/53-20-202.htm
Evidence of DD disability is required prior to the loan of MAEP equipment. This verification can be acquired through the Family Support Specialist or the primary care physician working with the client. We are not permitted to accept forms signed by family members, therapists, or school personnel.
MAEP is only able to serve clients with qualifying DD. Some adaptive equipment has been added to the MATP and MATP-LTL inventory. These items are available to all Montana residents with disabilities.