Coordinated Social Services Transportation – Making it Work in Napa, California

This paper describes how, in Napa County, California, a small rural area outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, the coordination of transportation has been largely successful because of a number of factors that could apply almost anywhere. First, the enabling legislation, not essential for coordination to occur, did provide a catalyst for developing local approaches. Second, everyone who had a stake in the effort, from defining coordination to contributing financially, was involved not only at the beginning of the process, but continuously throughout the effort. Third, agency biases, fears, needs, problems, and financial situation were taken seriously during the assessment process. Fourth, everyone who wanted to benefit was expected to contribute. Benefits gained were commensurate with what was contributed. Fifth, the lead agency was committed to the follow through that was developed in the beginning of the project. And, finally, perhaps most important, baseline funding was already in place. Without the funding there would not have been the staff that could devote such a concerted effort towards the goal of coordination. Because the needs, problems, and resources of the elderly and handicapped who need these services are so diverse, we must be willing to step outside of the traditional ways that transportation service is delivered, and to develop new and creative approaches.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 225-233
  • Monograph Title: Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 21-23, 1986

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049851
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2007 1:21PM