A detailed explanation of ODDS transportation services and policy is available in the current ODDS Transportation Worker Guide.
Eligibility and Policy
Eligibility criteria and service types for transportation services under K-Plan:
- Eligibility: Individuals are eligible for community or Employment/Day Support Activity (DSA) transportation if they need daily living care supports either during transportation or at the destination and are receiving services through the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS). Individuals who need transportation to get to a medical appointment must use their health insurance benefits to access this benefit. For individuals who have the Oregon Health Plan – Open Card/Fee-for-Service, use the transportation order form to request non-emergency medical transportation. For those who have the Oregon Health Plan through a local Care Coordination Organization or private insurance, this service must be accessed through the insurance carrier.
- Service Types: ODDS authorizes two transportation service types: Community Transportation and Employment and DSA transportation.
- Community Transportation: The purpose of community transportation through K-Plan services is to enable eligible individuals to access their local community to engage in services necessary to meet their Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL). The monthly cost for this transportation cannot exceed $500 without an exception authorized by ODDS.
- Employment and Day Support Activity (DSA) Transportation: The purpose is to enable eligible individuals to access transportation to and from their homes to their work or DSA sites. The monthly cost for this transportation cannot exceed $350 without an exception authorized by ODDS. Employment and DSA transportation is accessed one of two ways:
- Community Developmental Disability Programs (CDDPs): For individuals receiving their DD services through a county agency, they can access to and from employment or DSA through Service Element 53.
Service Element 53 authorizes public or private transportation services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities when:
(a) Public or private transportation is not available; and
(b) Transportation is required for participation in an enrolled DD 54 Employment service. Unless otherwise authorized in writing by DHS, all individuals receiving DD 53 Services funded through DHS must also be receiving Employment Services (DD 54) and one of the following:
- Residential Facilities (DD 50) Services;
- Supported Living Services (DD 51);
- Community Living Supports or
- DD Foster Homes (DD 58) Services.
- Brokerages: For individuals receiving their DD services through a Brokerage, they can access transportation to and from employment or DSA through Plan of Care
For more information on Service Element 53, contact Kristina DiMatteo: (503) 947-5180; KRISTINA.M.DIMATTEO@state.or.us
Transportation Elements Authorized through ODDS
- Providers available through Community Transportation
- Personal Support Worker Mileage: For individuals who utilize a Personal Support Worker (PSW), the PSW can be reimbursed for the mileage incurred while providing support services that include transportation to or from local community destinations to meet their ADL/IADLs.
- Public Transit: Individuals may use available public transit providers. This is typically through a monthly transit pass. When transportation is needed less frequently, such as cases where it is intended to augment PSW supports, a daily or one-time pass option may be a more reasonable and cost-effective option.
- Taxi Cab Services: While this is the most costly option, taxis can be authorized when all other options are not available for the individual's needs. Typically, this higher-cost service is authorized because there is no available public transit service that meets the individual's transportation support needs or because a PSW or ODDS Provider Agency is unavailable to provide transportation where and when the individual needs transportation.
- Employment and DSA Support Needs: While many options are available for community transportation, PSWs cannot provide transportation under Service Element 53 when supporting an individual receiving Brokerage case management services. Transportation in this case can be provided through community transportation in Plan Of Care.
For more information on ODDS transportation services:
Links to Transportation Agencies enrolled with ODDS
Local Government Links
- Public transit systems are governed by area councils. Specifically related to special needs transportation, there are several Special Transportation Funding (STF) agencies located across Oregon. Your input regarding transportation support needs specific to your particular location is welcomed. If you wish to attend a local STF agency meeting, please refer to the Special Transportation Funding Contact List.
- For additional resources, please refer to the Oregon Department of Transportation Options Program.
Public Transit Links By County