Friends it has been one heck of a year here at DEAP and for the Families we serve!
Many of the individuals and families we serve have experienced personal triumphs making 2017 a year for which they are truly grateful! We have been privileged to celebrate lots of first steps and first words with the families we serve. We have shed happy tears and cheered at graduation ceremonies and seen children we’ve known for years move into adulthood. Your support of the programs DEAP provides is making a difference and strengthening our communities and for that everyone can be Thankful!
We tearfully wished two of DEAP’s most dedicated staff members a happy retirement; Sylvia Danforth, and Ann Bush. While excitedly welcoming our new Executive Director, Brooke Bartholomew. It has been a year full of life changing moments.
We wanted to take this moment to Thank Everyone who has supported DEAP for the part you played in helping make these everyday celebrations happen!
And we wish that is where we could end our “Year in Review” but unfortunately no…
During the long, hot Summer we began to see the signs that all was not well in Montana’s Budget Office. Then Fall approached and the Governor proposed 10% Budget Cuts. Children’s disability services and supervised visitation services were offered as part of the Department of Public Health and Human Services 10% budget reduction plan. Yes, folks this is where the year took a turn for the unexpected!
Our dedicated supporters sent mountains of letters, made hundreds of calls, and had face-to-face visits with Legislators and thankfully funding was reduced but not eliminated for the Montana Milestones Early Intervention Program and Supervised Visitation services.
We continue to battle to save Family Education and Support Services and our Evaluation and Diagnosis Clinic!
In light of the budget reductions and proposed cuts DEAP needs your help more than ever! Please consider donating to DEAP during this Season of Giving, it will be appreciated more than you can imagine. All donations will be used to provide direct services to the individuals and families that we serve!
Thank you for your generosity and from all of us at DEAP to you and yours Happy Holidays!