Last updated: August 08. 2014 4:32PM - 178 Views
By Jeff Gates For The Madison Press



The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Madison County Department of Job and Family Services collaborate to continue to improve transportation assistance for the people the agencies service. Among those working together are Lori Dodge-Dorsey (MCDJFS Director), Susan Thompson (MCBDD Business Director), Steve Kaifis (MCDJFS Assistant Director/Chief Financial Officer), and Erin Galloway (MCDJFS Fiscal Specialist).
The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Madison County Department of Job and Family Services collaborate to continue to improve transportation assistance for the people the agencies service. Among those working together are Lori Dodge-Dorsey (MCDJFS Director), Susan Thompson (MCBDD Business Director), Steve Kaifis (MCDJFS Assistant Director/Chief Financial Officer), and Erin Galloway (MCDJFS Fiscal Specialist).
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For a number of years, the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and Madison County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS) have worked together to assist with providing services to individuals from throughout the area.


One of those aspects involves transportation. MCBDD operates the Madison County Ride program, and MCDJFS utilizes the service more than any other agency.


Recently, representatives from both sides met to explore ways to streamline the transportation process. MCBDD was awarded the two-year transportation contract with MCDJFS effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. It is MCBDD’s biggest contract with approximately $300,000 in gross revenues, according to MCBDD Business Director Susan Thompson.


“We discussed working together with the county IT department to research what technology is out there that will allow us to reduce redundancy between our agencies and provide us with the information that ODJFS requires,” Thompson said. “We discussed how our billing process works in regards to ride sharing — we make every effort to share rides between passengers as this is a tremendous cost savings to their agency.”


MCBDD averages about 18,500 miles per month for MCDJFS. Part of those miles includes about 170 wheelchair trips per month. Madison County Ride passengers through DJFS are transported throughout Central Ohio for a variety of medically-based appointments.


In the near future, the agencies will be meeting with the county information technology staff to continue with this progress.


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