The University of Montana Rural Transition & Employment


State Policies & Initiatives: 

"What We Do

Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.

Our transition activities are unique in that they promote:

Customized Employment strategies for youth with disabilities;
The use of Social Security work incentives for students;
Transition planning for middle school students;
Collaborative funding across agencies to create individually-driven employment supports;
Self-employment as vocational experience or as a post-school outcome; and
Self-determination for youth as we empower them to identify strengths, skills, and needs for transition planning.

Visit our link to “Articles and Products” for information and tools you can use in your own programs."



  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • University of Montana