Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $20,000
For this project, Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) partnered with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal (CSKT) Health Department, and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to work towards improving health for those with intellectual disability on the Flathead Reservation. Grant funds allowed for outreach, enrollment, and engagement by SOMT with the CSKT Health Department and other tribal communities. A SOMT tribal outreach director worked in the CSKT Health Department to identify potential CSKT Special Olympics athletes, involve them in SOMT, and facilitate participation in SOMT-required health screenings. CSKT Health Department staff will assisted with insurance enrollment, billed insurance for care received, and ensured robust coordination of care among all each individual’s health providers. The project successfully established relationships among the partners, and outreach and events to identify and engage potential Special Olympic athletes will continue as a result of this project.