Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Kim Brown started her human services career in 1982. She has worked at vocational programs and group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses, a nursing home for the elderly and people with severe physical disabilities, and a psychiatric hospital for children. In 1990, Kim earned her BSW from Carroll College. She spent the next 11 years with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in the public assistance arena. In 2001, Kim was hired by the Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative to provide children’s mental health services. To continue her journey of lifelong learning, she joined the University of Montana Rural Institute as a Transition Project Coordinator in July 2003. She worked as part of the Transition team for the WISER; Linkages; Graduate to Work; Partnerships for Transition; and Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center projects, providing technical assistance, training and on-site support to schools, agencies, families and students in the areas of transition, employment (including self-employment), and Social Security Work Incentives. She currently serves as Project Coordinator for the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council, Director for the Children’s Special Health Services Transition Project, and Co-Director for the Transition and Employment Projects and the Montana Deaf-Blind Project. Kim completed her Master of Social Work degree in May 2007, and has taught both on-campus and online undergraduate-level social work classes in the United States and Canada. In addition, Kim served as a Crisis Counselor/Mental Health Counselor with the Pender Islands Health Care Society and continues to run a small private counseling practice.