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This is a list of SILC News and Events that individuals with disabilities may find helpful. These are suggestions only. The SILC is not responsible for their content or the services that they provide. This list is not all inclusive.

Current News

  • Would you like to be more involved in the Independent Living movement?

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) is seeking a new member from Adams, Washington, Payette, Gem, Canyon or Owyhee Counties.

The Idaho SILC upholds the principles of the Independent Living movement:  peer support, self-help, self-determination, equality and positive systemic change.  The Council is made up of a diverse group of volunteers with disabilities from across Idaho.  Council members may serve up to two, three-year terms.

The Council meets four times a year in Boise.  We meet for two days in January and July and for one day in April and October.  Transportation, meals and lodging expenses are paid by the Idaho SILC.  The Idaho SILC will also cover expenses for personal support during meetings if required.

Idaho SILC membership provides opportunities for growth in leadership, increased knowledge about Independent Living and disability issues, and a chance to give back to your community.  Additionally, Idaho SILC members have opportunities to attend annual state and national conferences.

If you are an adult with a disability and you live in one of the counties listed above, please consider applying to become a member of the SILC.  Simply complete and return a SILC Nomination Form.  Applicants are encouraged to attach a letter of reference and a resume. We understand that not everyone has a resume.  Tell us why you would like to join the Idaho SILC.

Contact our office if you have questions or need help completing the form:  (208) 334-3800 or toll-free 1-800-487-4866.

SILC Nomination Form (PDF)

  • PUBLIC NOTICE:  Statewide Independent Living Needs Assessment Public Meetings

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) is partnering with the Idaho Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to host public meetings across Idaho.  Public meetings will be held in Boise, Caldwell, Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Grangeville, McCall, Twin Falls, Burley, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Driggs.  Print or save PDF document with all locations, dates and times.  All locations are accessible and materials are provided in accessible formats.  To request other accommodations, call the SILC at least 7 days in advance (208) 334-3800; toll-free 1-800-487-4866 or email:

  • PUBLIC NOTICE:  Statewide Independent Living Needs Assessment open September 7 - November 7, 2018.

The Idaho statewide needs assessment for independent living across disabilities and lifespan is open for comment from September 7 - November 7, 2018.  We particularly want to hear from people with disabilities.  However, the survey is also open to family members, friends, service providers, advocates and others who may have an understanding of needs across the Idaho disability community.

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC), in cooperation with the Centers for Independent Living, is gathering input from the community to help us develop the 2020-23 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  The SPIL is a detailed three-year plan that sets the goals for the provision of independent living services in Idaho.  The SILC's mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination, and access for all.  The SILC and the Centers serve Idahoans across disabilities and lifespan.

Please take time to complete our survey at the link below:

English:  Survey closed November 7th

Spanish:  Survey closed November 7th

Additional formats are available:

  • Hard copy in English and Spanish
  • Hard copy, large print in English and Spanish
  • Plain text in English and Spanish
  • Assessments will be translated into other languages on request

If you have questions or need assistance reading or completing the assessment, call the SILC:  (208) 334-3800 or toll-free:  1-800-487-4866 OR call or visit your local Center for Independent Living for assistance.

Completed surveys may be mailed to the Idaho SILC at 380 S. 4th St., Ste. 102, Boise, ID  83702; sent by fax to (208) 334-3803; or scanned into email and sent to

The survey will remain open until midnight, November 7, 2018.

Additionally, in the next two months, the Centers for Independent Living and the SILC will be hosting a series of listening sessions across the state.  Information regarding dates and locations is forthcoming.

Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or need assistance.


Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) has extended the application deadline to May 10, 2018!  We have a few more slots available and we would love to get them filled.  We are so excited for this program and know it is gong to be fun and educational!  If you know young adults that may qualify, please pass on the application.

Idaho Youth Leadership Forum (IDYLF) is for young adults that are 16 - 21 and an incoming Junior, Senior, or in a transition program.  We cover the cost for everything and youth will learn leadership skills, advocacy, financial literacy, post secondary education, job training, and so much more.  IDYLF is a 6-day, residential program held at Boise State University.

If you have any questions about the program, call Jami Davis at (208) 334-3800 or email

2018 Idaho Youth Leadership Application

  • Medicaid program for adults with developmental disabilities in Idaho (Posted on March 15, 2018)

Change to Class Action Settlement - Read this notice carefully!  Possible action needed before March 31, 2018.

This is a notice about the Medicaid program for adults with developmental disabilities in Idaho.  You may have gotten notices like this before.  This one is different.  There is new information.

There is a class action lawsuit about the program.  It is called K.W. v. Armstrong.  The lawsuit is in federal court in the District of Idaho.  The case number is 12-cv-22.

Click here to read the full notice - Read this notice carefully!

  • Idaho Medicaid Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) Brokerage Frequently Asked Questions (Posted on February 6, 2018)
  • New Medicaid Vendor Chosen for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (Posted on December 12, 2017)

The State of Idaho has chosen a contractor from among four bidders to handle the non-emergency medical transportation needs of Medicaid patients.

Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) will take over the program March 6, 2018.  The existing contractor, Veyo, exercised an early-out provision in its $70 million, three-year contract, citing expensive, unexpected restrictions on its business model that uses independent drivers.

"The Department of Health and Welfare will work with the existing broker, MTM and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition for our Idaho Medicaid participants and providers," said Matt Wimmer, administrator of Health and Welfare's Division of Medicaid.

The $34 million contract with MTM runs through June 2019, with an option to extend the contract for up to an additional five years.  The contract involves providing about 100,000 non-emergency medical transports per month for Idaho Medicaid clients.

MTM, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has 20 years of experience operating medical transportation programs of similar size and scope in other states, serving 150 contracts in more than 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Please feel free to send comments or questions to or call 1-800-296-0509.

  • NEMT Brokerage Update (Medicaid Transport Contract)

The State of Idaho, Division of Medicaid has chosen Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) as the broker for non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) services for Medicaid.  MTM is a Missouri based company with contracts throughout the nation.

MTM will take over the NEMT program from Veyo as of March 6, 2018.  Medicaid will be issuing an official press release this week and will continue to communicate with NEMT providers and other stakeholder groups during the transition of NEMT services.

Medicaid and MTM will convene workgroups with providers and advocates during and after the implementation process to gather input and feedback to strengthen the NEMT program.  Medicaid appreciates all of our valuable stakeholder groups and will work together with you and MTM to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible.

Thank you for your continued service to Idaho Medicaid participants as we work through this transition together.  Please feel free to send comments or questions to or call us at 1-800-296-0509. 

Current Events

  • 2019 Legislation Information

Resources for public comment opportunities:

  • 2018 Southwestern and Central Idaho Regional Independent Living Conference

The "Empowering Independence" Conference and Resource Fair will be hosted in Boise, Idaho September 6 and 7, 2018.  Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC) is excited to welcome keynote speakers and workshop presenters who are leaders in the disability community.  Speakers and presenters will help motivate you to become more empowered, educated and activated to create a more inclusive world.

The conference is FREE for anyone who is interested.  Space is limited.  Reserve your space at the conference by visiting the LINC website  Sign up today!  The registration form includes requests for accommodations and dietary restrictions.  If you need additional accommodations, please contact LINC at least one week prior to the conference by sending an email to  ASL will be provided throughout the conference.  Please let us know when you register that you will be using the interpreters to ensure seating.

Keynote speakers include:

Joe Stone from Missoula, MT with The Joe Stone Foundation.  Joe will provide a screening of his documentary "It's Raining, So What" Thursday evening.  He will also lead a goal setting workshop Friday Morning.  You don't want to miss this!

Steven Snow, Executive Director of the Idaho State Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will share his experience while navigating through the chaos of 9/11 in Washington DC.  Steven's presentation is followed by a workshop on Emergency Preparedness, including tools for you to use in your home and community.

For the most up to date information and scheduling visit the LINC website.  You can also email your questions to

  • Upcoming ABLE Workshops
CityDateOne-on-one hoursABLE WorkshopLocation
Mountain HomeMay 7, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Mountain Home Public Library, 790 N. 10th E.
HaileyMay 14, 201810:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Hailey Public Library, 7 West Croy
GoodingMay 15, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Gooding Public Library, 306 5th Ave. West, Gooding
Rupert (ASL Provided)May 16, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.DeMary Memorial Library, 417 7th Street
Twin Falls (ASL Provided)May 17, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.LINC, 1182 Eastland Dr. North, Suite C
  • Upcoming ABLE Workshops
CityDateOne-on-one hoursABLE WorkshopLocation
RexburgApril 24, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Madison Memorial Hospital, 450 E. Main St.
Idaho FallsApril 25, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.LIFE, 250 S. Skyline
BlackfootApril 26, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.LIFE, 570 W. Pacific
PocatelloApril 27, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.LIFE, 640 Pershing
Mountain HomeMay 7, 201812:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Mtn. Home Public Library, 790 N. 10th E.
  • Intermountain Fair Housing Council 50th Fair Housing Anniversary Vision Summit

April 18, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST) Boise Centre On The Grove (East Level 4) 850 W. Front St., Boise, ID  83702 - Celebrating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act!

  • Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium

April 19, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and April 20, 2018 - Noon to 7:00 p.m. (Two day event)

EWU Spokane, SEWC 122, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd Suite A, Spokane, WA  99202  FREE admittance - open to the public

At the Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium (aka TBI Panel Symposium), we facilitate real conversations, education, and advocacy for the betterment of our community and beyond.  Our intention is to showcase both professional and brain injury survivors perspectives to create a holistic presentation and relative discourse of life after a brain injury.  To that end, we welcome students, professionals, caregivers, and other relevant populations to join us in discussing several topics concerning brain injury and disability.

The 2018 Symposium will feature presentations and panels on Pediatric Brain Injury, EEG Biofeedback, TBI and employment, Veterans and TBI, Disability in Rural America, Cognitive-Communication Problems, TBI Rehabilitation, and several others.  Our keynote address will be given by Dr. Craig Panos from Kootenai Health.

If you need accommodations call 509-359-6227 three weeks prior to event. More information at 855-473-3711 ext. 105

  • Upcoming ABLE Workshops

Moscow, ID - Wednesday, March 7th -        One-on-one hours:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    ABLE Workshop:  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Location:  Disability Action Center, 505 N. Main St., Moscow, ID  83843

Wallace, ID - Thursday, March 8th -           One-on-one hours:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  ABLE Workshop:  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Location:  Wallace Historic Visitor Center, 10 River St., Wallace, ID  83873

Kellogg, ID - Thursday, March 8th -           One-on-one hours:  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.    ABLE Workshop:  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.     Location:  Senior Center, 211 McKinley Ave. W., Kellogg, ID  83837

Post Falls, ID - Friday, March 9th -            One-on-one hours:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   ABLE Workshop:  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.     Location:  Disability Action Center, 3726 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls, ID  83854

Plummer, ID - Saturday, March 10th -        One-on-one hours:  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  ABLE Workshop:  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Location:  Plummer Public Library, 800 Dogwood St., Plummer, ID  83851

St. Maries, ID - Saturday, March 10th -      One-on-one hours:  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    ABLE Workshop:  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     Location:  Benewah Community Hospital, 229 S. 7th St., St. Maries, ID  83861

Kamiah, ID - Monday, March 12th -            One-on-one hours:  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   ABLE Workshop:  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      Location:  Kamiah Middle School, Room 302, 906 12th St., Kamiah, ID  83536

Orofino, ID - Tuesday, March 13th -           One-on-one hours:  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   ABLE Workshop:  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      Location:  Best Western Lodge, Gold Dust Room, 615 Main St., Orofino, ID  83544

Grangeville, ID - Wednesday, March 14th - One-on-one hours:  3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   ABLE Workshop:  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Location:  Community Room, 400 S. Idaho Ave., Grangeville, ID  83530

Lewiston, ID - Thursday, March 15th -        One-on-one hours:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   ABLE Workshop:  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Location:  Community Action Partnership, 124 New 6th St., Lewiston, ID  83501

  • Idaho State Independent Living Council Youth Leadership Forum Fund Raiser

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Bring all your friends and join SILC at 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 826 W. Bannock St., Boise, ID  83702.  All proceeds from 5pm to 9pm support SILC's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).  See our flyer for additional details.  10 Barrel is a family friendly restaurant with yummy food and beverage for all ages.  In the event all money is not raised for YLF, funds will be applied to Youth programs. 

  • Pending Rule IDAPA 16.03.15 Rules Governing Secure Treatment Facility for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Public Meeting:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. (MST).  Department of Health and Welfare, Medicaid Central Office, 3232 Elder St., Conference Room D West/East, Boise, ID  83705.  Teleconference Call-in:  Toll Free 1-866-906-7447 Participant Code 3586046.  For additional details see the Idaho Administrative Bulletin notice.

  • Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Idaho State Capitol, First Floor Rotunda, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise ID  83702.  Join People with Disabilities, Families, Providers, Legislators and Friends to create a strong Idaho Disability Advocacy Community!  For additional details see our flyer.

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