Travel Voucher

Maine SILC Travel Voucher Workgroup

Maine SILC logo(as charged my Maine LD 949 2016)

The 127th Maine Legislature passed LD 949 which charged the Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (Maine SILC) with leading this workgroup and submitting a report to the Maine Legislature by December 15, 2016. See the bill listed below.

Final Report

Report of the Maine SILC Travel Voucher Work Group as authorized by PUBLIC Law, Chapter 452, LD 949, 127th Maine State Legislature, Second Regular Session

“An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Commission on Independent Living and Disability,” Section 3

Download the final report December 28, 2016 – PDF

Workgroup Members

Mike McClellan – Maine SILC ED
Mel Clarrage – Maine SILC Chair
Mary Lou Dyer – ME Ass for Comm Service Providers
Rachel Dyer – ME Developmental Disability Council
Dennis Fitzgibbons – Alpha One Executive Director
Rep. Matt Peterson – Business person, State Rep.
Simmone Maline – Consumer Council of Maine
Jim Phipps – Iris Network
Riley Albair – Disability Rights Maine
Rep. Dale Crafts – Former State Rep. and business person
Eric Dibner – MDOL
Karen Mason – MOADS
Kelly Arata – MDOT

Workgroup Tasks per LD 949:

  • Report Due to Maine Legislature no later than December 15, 2016 *It requires the Statewide Independent Living Council to convene a working group to develop a draft statewide transportation voucher program for persons with disabilities.
  • Members of the working group must include representatives from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and a statewide agency administering centers for independent living (Maine CIL).
  • The working group shall examine the flexibility of federal funding and matching funds sources *The working group will consult with the University of Montana Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities for assistance in developing the proposal *The working group will submit its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint standing committee of the legislature having jurisdiction over labor, commerce, research and economic development matters.

Rep. Peterson Bill (2014) Blue Ribbon Commission on Independent Living 

Final Blue Ribbon Council on Independent Living Report (2014)   (go to 126th Legislature, Second Regular Session Study Reports (2014) #2)

LD 949 Bill (2015)    

LD 949 Final, Passed  (2016)

Various info presented on Travel Vouchers to Blue Ribbon Commission:

Transportation Voucher Programs: Facilitating Mobility in Rural Areas     

Final Report: Transportation Services for People with Disabilities in Rural and Small Urban Communities  

Rural Transportation Voucher program for People with Disabilities: Three Case Studies  

Final Report June 30, 2015 Maine Strategic Transit Plan 2025 Credits 

Current Schedule of Meetings

All meetings are scheduled to meet at the Cross Building in Augusta State House Complex. The DHHS Committee room, room 209. All meetings are scheduled for 2:30 – 4pm.

  • June 7, 2016
  • July 14, 2016
  • August 11, 2016
  • September 22, 2016
  • October 13, 2016
  • October 27, 2016
  • November 17, 2016
  • December 1, 2016
  • December 13, 2016


Meeting Minutes

All minutes are written in MS-Word

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