MATP Brokerage is Delayed!
Our efforts have made a difference! After a long period of heated debate and multiple bill amendments, The Legislature approved Senate Bill 695 that prevents the Department of Human Services from entering into a contract with a broker until an analysis on this change is completed. The bill was signed by the Governor on June 28th.
The analysis must be completed within 180 days from the effective date of the bill but could be completed sooner. The bill also requires that a 90-day preliminary report be provided.
The analysis is to be commissioned by the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and Department of Aging, and should include:
- Current federal and state law, regulations and policies controlling MATP and other human service transportation programs, including authorized methods of delivery and limitations or restrictions imposed on the methods of delivery
- The effectiveness and efficiency of the current MATP service delivery as it relates to all human service programs
- A review of other states’ models of delivering MATP and other human services transportation, including a number of other states that use a full-risk brokerage model and the effect a brokerage model has had on public transit in those states
- The positive and negative impact, including financial impact, of maintaining the current model versus implementing a full-risk brokerage model as it relates to the state and local government impacts
- The impact on consumers, including an increase or decrease in quality and service availability