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The National Consortium on the Coordination of Human Services Transportation

Consortium News

The Express Stop is the blog of the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination. The National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination is operated by the Community Transportation Association under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration.

The Consortium is an alliance of national non-profit organizations and associations dedicated to promoting mobility and the delivery of coordinated human services transportation to all individuals with disabilities, persons with low incomes, seniors and youth.

It promotes active and open collaboration among organizations with an interest in coordinating and insuring mobility opportunities for access to health, education, recreation, employment and other life sustaining activities.

To achieve its mission the Consortium conducts research, education, information development and dissemination, technical assistance and outreach activities to service agencies, transportation providers, policy makers and the general public.

The issue of providing affordable, accessible and safe transportation for human services transportation has been extensively researched and promoted since the early 1970s. In that time the scope and reach of coordinated transportation services has advanced to such an extent that one can find exemplary models of coordinated activities in virtually every state.

However changes in Federal social service programs, principally the change from Aid to Families with Dependent Children to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; difficulties in funding medical services, primarily the financial dilemmas states are facing with the Medicaid program; and changes in the demographics of our Nation, chiefly the increasing proportion of our population in the sixty-five and over age cohort, make it imperative that we redouble our efforts to ensure that every American has access to the health and human services offered in our communities.

The mission of the Consortium is to build a strong network of transportation professionals, human service professionals and policymakers at every level who understand the issues involved in the coordination of human services transportation and how this coordination can be accomplished.

These activities are designed to provide information, support and resources to those concerned with community transportation.