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Montana Telecommunications Access Program marking 30 years

The program began in 1990.
Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 13:00:25-05

HELENA — The Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) held its 30th anniversary celebration on Wednesday.

Governor Steve Bullock and many others were on hand to mark the event.

MTAP is a program within the Department of Public Health and Human Services to provide specialized, telecommunication equipment to those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or are speech and mobility impaired.

Between 2014-2019, MTAP gave out over 2,500 pieces of equipment between 2014 and 2019. The program also has close to 1,500 clients across the state.

“We owe the people who furnished these phones to us, a terrible debt of gratitude because its brought reality, and, for all practical purposes you could say, it has provided us a lifeline for our way of life,” says Mike Hankins, a MTAP client.

MTAP committee members were also given plaques for their efforts in the program.

To learn more about the program or receive an application, contact MTAP at 800-833-8503, email to, or complete the application online.