InterAgency Transportation Solutions (IATS)
InterAgency Council envisioned and designed IATS as a viable contract transportation system and implemented the project in December 2006. It had been identified in prior years that the state of contracted transportation in the five boroughs, where private bus companies provided/from transportation service to OPWDD-certified Day Habilitation programs, was in disarray.
The IATS project's purpose was to establish a transportation oversight entity to coordinate/oversee the daily transportation of 6000 plus adult individuals with developmental disabilities daily. A project would initiate performance standards that bus companies must emulate in their day-to-day operations.
A project that would systematize and standardize fiscal and operational measures to manage, control and advance the mission and objective of participating IAC member agencies. And most notably, support and promote the quality of Medicaid-funded transportation that would enhance the safety and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and comfort their families and caregivers.
IAC is contracting with 12 for-profit bus companies in its catchment area through this initiative. Concurrently, IAC holds contracts with 15 private non-profit agencies where the aforementioned 6000 individuals attend their daily DayHab programs.
This service is available to both IAC members and non-member agencies.