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FULL ACCESS & COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION (FACT) Coordinating Access To Life www.factsd.org FACT UPDATE May 1 – June 15, 2007 North County Pilot Project Work continues on the North County Pilot Project. Representatives from the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos and representatives from the Oceanside Senior Citizens Association, Inc. (who operate the Oceanside Nutrition Program and Redwood Elderlink (who provide senior transportation for the City of Escondido) have been meeting monthly to work on this project. The group has identified the existing vehicle resources, staffing and other parameters of their operation and shared this with each other as an education about what each agency does and how they operate. This education, this learning about what each other does is the beginning of looking at the transportation issue from a regional perspective rather than a “my city or agency” perspective. This in itself is an excellent first step. Other discussions have centered on determining the true allocated cost of rides that may be offered to the general public in the future, insurance and liability coverage for providers and FACT, and standards and practices for driver training. FACT is in the process of developing a strategic plan for the Pilot Project that will drive our decision making and actions over the next year. The next meeting of the North County Pilot Project work group will be Wednesday June 20, 2007, at 10:00 AM at the Oceanside Senior Center. If you are interested in participating in this group please attend our meeting. Participation in this work group is open to any agency, group, or entity that may have resources that will be beneficial to the development and implementation of a coordinated system. These resources include but are not limited to: Vehicles Possible in-kind support for FACT Training expertise Knowledge of establishing the cost of transportation Funding for rides for clients Knowledge of insurance and risk management Maintenance facilities There are many questions and perceived barriers to developing a truly coordinated system of transportation; however, by approaching the task “one step at a time” and using creativity and imagination, and employing local, state and national resources we will overcome all obstacles. Volunteer Driver Programs This group continues to meet monthly and has added two new members, the City of La Mesa and the City of Oceanside. These to cities will be receiving New Freedom funds to develop a Volunteer Driver Program in their city. Other members of the group include Jewish Family Service – Rides & Smiles, City of Vista – Out and About, Peninsula Shepard Senior Center, Del Mar Community Connections, Encinitas Senior Center, and ITN America. This group is discussing the development of guidelines for members of the coalition and standardizing rider applications, having driver standards, vehicle safety standards and collective marketing. The group as agreed to begin collecting specific data across all programs in July. By coming together and gathering the same data the coalition will be able to demonstrate the true impact these agencies have on the seniors in San Diego. Volunteer driver programs provide door to door transportation to a large number of seniors living within the service boundaries of these agencies. FACT 810 Mission Avenue Oceanside, CA 92054 760 967 4197 FACT UPDATE page 2 All organizations that have a volunteer driver program are open to joining the coalition. The next meeting is Monday June 25, 2007 at 10:00 AM at Jewish Family Service on Balboa Avenue. Please contact me if you would like additional information. Community Partnership Program The FACT Community Partnership Program continues to grow as agencies, cities and organization make the decision to show their support for the vision and mission of FACT. As of June 15, 2007 FACT has gathered the support from the following: Statement of Support – City Council of Vista Partnership Agreements – City Council of Escondido Transit Alliance for a Better North County At Your Home Family Care Del Mar Community Connections Partnership Pledge – City Council of Escondido For more information on the FACT Partnership Program, please visit the FACT website www.factsd.org. CTSA Activities Council on Access and Mobility (CAM) The last CAM meeting was held on April 19. Debbie Majia and Betty Templeton from Sharp Hospital System Transportation gave an in-depth presentation on the services they provide. Additionally there were updates from MTS and NCTD on their para-transit services and a complete update from SANDAG on the SAFETEA-LU programs and the development of the Public Transit and Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan The next CAM meeting is scheduled for July 18, 2007, 10:00 AM, at the Caltrans building near the Old Town Transit Center. CTSA Training The next CTSA Training is scheduled for June 29, 2007, at 10:00 AM at the Caltrans building near the Old Town Transit Center. A CHP Officer will be reviewing Compliance with Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing Requirements and Driver Safety. All providers of transportation for seniors, people with disabilities and other transportation disadvantaged populations are welcome to attend and participate in both the CAM meetings and the CTSA training. All training is provided free of charge. CTAA Coordinated Transportation Institute The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) has selected a team assembled by FACT to attend a Coordinated Transportation Institute in August 2007. The team will consist of Reg Javier from the Workforce Partnership/Career Centers; Alex Montenegro from the North County Center for the Blind, as well as Alane Haynes from NCTD, and Floyd Willis from AIS. The goal of this team is to create a plan for the taking FACT from start up to implementation. Please check the FACT Website: www.factsd.org for the latest FACT/CTSA information, and the agenda, minutes and Executive Directors reports from the FACT Board meetings. Or contact Rob Carley, Executive Director, 760 967 4197, email@example.com for more information.
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