Executive Order 530 - Commission for the Reform of Community, Social Service and Paratransit Transportation in Massachusetts
On April 6, 2011 Governor Patrick signed Executive Order 530 which established a commission that examined and provided recommendations to improve and reform community, social service and paratransit transportation services. This commission was co-chaired by Secretary Bigby of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Secretary Davey of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Linda Guiod, Executive Vice President of Chapter Programs, Services and Advocacy at our chapter, was sworn in as a member of this commission.
In the fall of 2011, the Commission facilitated six Public Comment and Dialogue Sessions held in locations across the Commonwealth, in order to better understand issues and concerns as well as to solicit ideas for reforms, initiatives and improvements to community transportation services. Additional comments were received through mail, email and voice-mail. Please click on this link to read the chapter's submitted testimony concerning the existing barriers and recommendations to improve paratransit transportation.
The Paratransit Transportation Commission Final Report was based on input collected from commission members, the public comment sessions, and dialogue sessions. These are the three themes under which specific issues and recommendations have been organized:
- Transportation Availability, Access and Service Quality
- Customer Eligibility, Application and Screening
- Efficiencies, Cost Containment and Revenue Maximization
In March 2013, the state entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to establish a Statewide Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (“SCCCT”) to develop a strategic plan to implement the recommendations of the 530 Commission Report. The SCCCT will meet on a quarterly basis and develop a two year plan for implementation of the recommendations. A number of deliverables are also required of the SCCCT, including:
- Establishing Regional Coordinating Councils to facilitate local mobility management activities to report to and advise the SCCCT;
- Developing (and updating) a statewide coordinated human service transportation plan that builds on local plans developed by the Commonwealth’s regional planning agencies; and
- Implementing a centralized statewide website of local mobility management resource information for consumers.
The SCCCT hosted their first meeting in June, with its first public meeting scheduled for early fall 2013.