Presentation on theme: "WA State Transportation Brokerage Services – Model for Mobility Management Christie Scheffer, EVP/COO Paratransit Services."— Presentation transcript:
WA State Transportation Brokerage Services – Model for Mobility Management Christie Scheffer, EVP/COO Paratransit Services
PARATRANSIT SERVICES Private, Non-profit since 1980 – specializes in transportation call centers, Medicaid brokerages, and public transit operations in California, Washington and Oregon. Piloting Broker in WA State – Currently provide brokerage services for 9 counties, brokering over 1 million trips per year.
What Is A Transportation Broker A firm that specializes in: – arranging and monitoring transportation services for individuals with special needs while ensuring funders regulatory requirements are being met.
The WA State Brokerage System The system was established in 1988 by DSHS to Broker Non-Emergency Medical Transportation The Brokerage System is a state-wide system with 6 Brokerages providing services to 13 regions. In 2002, DSHS added Interpreter Services Subcontracts with an established network of providers. Provides Rural and Urban transportation.
Medical Assistance Administration Transportation Brokers Garfield Pend Oreille Spokane Walla Asotin Columbia Stevens Whitma n Ferry Lincoln Franklin Adams Douglas Grant Benton Yakima Klickitat Chelan Whatcom Okanogan Skagit King Kittitas Snohomish Lewis Pierce Skamania Clallam Clar k Cowlitz Thurston Maso n Pacific Jefferson Grays Harbor Island San Juan Wahkiakum Kitsap Note: Mason County is divided, with the Northern half in Region 5 and the Southern half in Region 6. Region 3A Region 6A Region 1A Region 1D Region 1B Region 1D Region 1C Region 2 Region 3B Region 4 Region 6C Region 5 Region 6B As of January 1, 2011
NEMT Pyramid 4 Full-Time DSHS/MAA Managers Average “Internal” Cost: Less Than $0.25/Trip 6 Independent Brokers Serve 13 Regions Statewide Average “Administrative” Contract Cost: About $3.05/Trip 165+ Subcontractors & 26 Transit Agencies Provide Trips Using 6,000 Vehicles Average “Service” Contract Cost: About $17.01/Trip Clients currently receiving 2.9 Million Trips/Year: That’s About 11,155 Trips/Day – EVERY DAY! Total Contract Cost: About $20/Trip
What Does A Transportation Broker Provide Ensures adequate resources are available Matches client need with lowest cost, most appropriate resource Ensures cost efficiency Ensures system safety Ensures Regulatory Compliance (local, state, federal, etc.)
Call/Contact Center: Eligibility screening, Reservations, Scheduling and Dispatch Contract Administration Quality Assurance Billing and Auditing Driver Training and Drug & Alcohol Consortium services Brokerage services include:
Matches client need with available resources Available resources include but not limited to: –Bus passes –Mileage Reimbursement and Fuel Cards –Sedans and Vans –Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles –Volunteer Networks –Lodging and Meals; Commercial bus, air, train
Ensures Cost Efficiency Finds lowest cost most appropriate mode of service Share rides to eliminate duplication of services Creates competition between transportation companies to ensure best cost solutions Fraud prevention protocols
Ensures System Safety Operator and Pre-Employment Standards Training Standards Vehicle Standards Service Standards Reporting Standards Insurance Requirements Rider Standards
Technological support Online Trip Request, trip check and cancel IVR system – calls with next day trip reminder Online Transportation Provider Net – –Receive trip information online –Perform Billing online Online request for Interpreter Services and other programs Scheduling Software and phone system
Once the Brokerage is established, other services can now be added! Interpreter Services McKinney Vento Transportation Beyond the Borders Other types of Coordination
Interpreter Services Established in 2002 Medical Providers contact Brokerage for IS Broker contracts with IS Agencies Projected to save $8 million in first 2 years. Real savings- $8 million in first 6 months Currently saving $1 mil. per mo
McKinney Vento Transportation The No Child Left Behind Act – unfunded mandate Project Partners: Paratransit Services, one other WA State Brokerage, six school districts and PSESD. The School Districts contact the Brokerage for their county, and refer students for transportation. Created significant administrative efficiencies.
Beyond the Borders Project Partners: Pierce Transit, Paratransit Services, and Pierce County Community Services. Funds: Special Needs, JARC and Community Development Block grant funds Connect people who live outside of the transit boundary to essential services by bringing them into the transit service area, using Broker Transportation Providers to transport to the nearest Park & Ride.
Other Types of Coordination Tribal connections – 2 examples –Feeder route –Tribal Transportation Providers Major Urban Medical Center – onsite Mobility Management Kiosk Volunteer center Sponsor-A-Ride (donation system)
Veterans Project (allow Veterans to piggy-back existing DSHS trips) (goal is to turn this into a rural shuttle) Caregiver Transport Meal Site Rural Medical Shuttle – Partners: DOT grant, Medicaid, Medical Partner and transit funding (gen. public may ride/min.$) Gorge Translink- 5 counties/2 states – coordinates transport along 200 mile corridor in OR and WA
Brokerage Model Benefits Provides infrastructure to coordinate a variety of services Ensures adequate resources are available (transportation providers or Interpreters) Matches client need with available resources Ensures cost efficiency
Ensures system safety Ensures Regulatory Compliance (local, state, federal, etc.) Continues to expand capacity for mobility management and coordination by leveraging resources of various funders. Benefits to the Users