Transportation Access Program
The Transportation Access Program (TAP) helps individuals and families with excessive costs of off‐island travel due to long‐ term illness; health or mental health needs requiring services not available on the islands; chronic illness requiring regular off‐island appointments; or acute health or mental health emergencies.
Funding through the program is intended to offer assistance when all other alternative means of assistance (i.e. health insurance coverage) have been exhausted or if other available modes of transportation or assistance are not adequate or appropriate.
All Martha’s Vineyard residents are eligible to apply for up to $750.00 annually in off-island travel assistance to medical/mental health appointments. Requests over $750.00 will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Current funding ends June 30, 2018 or until the funds last.
The application requests information regarding other available transportation resources that have been applied for or utilized previously. Please take advantage of travel assistance through your insurance and other sources as this program is a payer of last resort.
Allowable expenses that qualify under this program include: ferry tickets, bus transportation and hotel accommodations. This is not an inclusive list; if individuals have other unique needs (i.e. payment for a car service) please note that on the application.
Applications can be submitted requesting reimbursement for expenses dating back to July 1, 2017. When requesting reimbursement the following is required; documentation of the appointment and receipts for allowable expenses.
Applications should be completed online.
- Click here to fill out an application in English.
- Click here to fill out an application in Portuguese
When necessary, applications may be submitted via mail or hand delivered.
- Click here for a print version of the application in English
- Click here for a print version of the application in Portuguese
Hard copy applications may also be picked up and/or filled out at the MVCS main campus across from the high school at the Administrative Building – Building B, or at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative – Building D.
Questions regarding the application may be directed to 508-693-7900 x 412. Messages left will be returned within one business day. Questions can also be sent to: email@example.com.
Applications will be processed on a first come basis. Applicants may be contacted if additional information is needed.
Requests for vouchers typically are accommodated within 1 – 2 business days. Requests for reimbursement typically are processed within 7 – 10 business days. Applications that involve unique needs not covered by vouchers will be processed as soon as possible depending on the circumstances.
Applicants will be notified (by phone or email) regarding the status of their application.
Thanks to Representative Dylan Fernandez, Senator Julian Cyr, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the State of Massachusetts, MVCS is able to offer assistance for those who live on either Island to access needed medical and behavioral health services off-Island.