RTA: Daily Lakewood Circulator & Medical Mart Funding ????'s: FEEDBACK REQUESTED

Submitted by ANGELnWard14 on Sun, 08/08/2010 - 20:40.
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Dear REALNEO Readers,

      As you see from below, I have been asked to attend and answer these questions about RTA in Lakewood. I am asking my fellow truth seekers to reveal all the truths you know about this deal to the public.... Let us keep this in a public forum where EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO SUBMIT THEIR OPINIONS AND PERSPECTIVES about these business deals that have been negotiated by historical leadership. I am reviewing and researching the data to provide my answers by the date of the forum. In the interim, I am truly interested in everyone's open opinions about this deal! Thanks for supporting transparency in this forum! I believe that all of our citizens should have had that availability of participating in this process from the beginning.

I look forward to your answers to the 6 questions at the bottom of this blog!!!

In the interim, I have made a couple of recommendations to the Riders of the Daily Lakewood Circulator who need help getting to medical appointments and other appointments. Remember, if you have a medical emergency, you can always call 911.

1) PROVIDE A RIDE to medical appointments. Most insurance providers provide transportation to and from medical appointments for disabled and senior persons directly to and from their home. Usually you must call at least 24-48 hours before the appointment, but it is a resource to people trying to get to and from medical appointments.

 2) Non Emergency Transportation (NET) Transportation Services through ODJFS can assist families with transportation assistance as well.   In Accordance with Ohio Revised Code 5101:3-24-02 Non-emergency transportation (NET): administration:

 

(A) Administration of NET is directed by the county department of job and family services (CDJFS) community transportation plan. The “community transportation plan” is a document developed by each CDJFS that describes the methods by which the CDJFS implements transportation services in accordance with Chapter 5101:3-24 of the Administrative Code to adequately ensure transportation.

 

(1) The community transportation plan must be reviewed by the CDJFS and updated at a minimum of once per year or when changes in the NET program occur.

 

(2) The CDJFS employee(s) responsible for administering NET must sign and date the community transportation plan after each review or update and send a copy to the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) for review.

 

(3) The community transportation plan must include but not be limited to the following information:

 

(a) The contact name(s) of person(s) at the CDJFS who is responsible for administering NET.

(b) A description of consumer access to services for NET from the CDJFS and the process the consumer uses to request transportation.

(c) The CDJFS definition of community and the process for approving transportation out of community.

(d) A list of organizations the CDJFS uses to coordinate transportation resources.

(e) The mode(s) of transportation the CDJFS determines to be its primary, or most often utilized mode of transportation.

(f) The mode(s) of transportation the CDJFS utilizes as secondary modes of transportation.

(g) The CDJFS policy regarding the selection of the transportation that is the most cost-effective mode of transportation that addresses the consumer’s medical condition and timeliness concerns.

(h) The identity of each contract vendor’s name, address, phone number, length of the contract, parameters of the contract, and cost of the contract.

(i) The implementation of policies and procedures to address the misuse of services by consumers through NET.

(j) The implementation of policies and procedures to address quality control issues with vendors.

(k) The implementation of referrals by the CDJFS for consumers that can access transportation through other medicaid programs other than NET.

(l) The CDJFS process to identify and implement the use of attendants for those consumers that cannot be safely transported independently during a medicaid covered service.

(m) The CDJFS will inform consumers of the NET program and the guidelines for service use per the community transportation plan and this chapter.

 

(B) The CDJFS may have the following allowable modes of transportation and/or services:

 

(1) Taxi, bus, and other transportation companies.

(2) Mileage costs to a private vehicle, other than transportation providers with contractual agreements with the CDJFS, at the same rate as the CDJFS reimburses employees.

(3) Vouchers to gasoline service stations.

(4) When medically necessary, an attendant’s salary is reimbursable at the current federal minimum wage rate up to eight hours per day. Relatives of the consumer cannot receive an attendant’s salary.

(a) “Relative” is defined as spouse, child, grandchild, parents, grandparents, siblings, step-child, step-parents, step-siblings, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or legal guardian or other person who stands in the place of a parent.

 

(b) “Attendant” is a person who accompanies the consumer who is unable to travel independently during a medicaid covered service.

 

(5) Lodging, meals, and other related travel expenses for the consumer, and when medically necessary, an attendant, at the same rate or higher than the CDJFS pays its employees for such expenses.

 

(6) Mileage reimbursement for CDJFS staff using private vehicles, at the rate the county reimburses its employees for work-related travel.

 

(7) Transportation of parents or legal guardians when accompanying the medicaid consumer who is twenty years of age or younger.

 

(C) The CDJFS must maintain a data collection system organized by transportation vendor and mode of transportation capable of providing quarterly reports that include the following:

 

(1) The unduplicated count of medicaid consumers.

(2) The unduplicated count of one-way trips.

(3) The cost of providing each transportation service.

(4) The total amount of mileage, if applicable.

 

(D) The CDJFS is required to submit the JFS 04208, “Non-Emergency Transportation Report” (rev. January 2006) containing the information in paragraph (C) of this rule for each quarter. The report submission must be by the thirtieth day after the end of the quarter.

 

(E) Documentation of NET is to be in accordance with rules 5101-9-21 and 5101-9-211 of the Administrative Code.

 

 

Replaces: Part of 5101:3-24-01, 5101:3-24-03, 5101:3-24-04, 5101:3-24-05, 5101:3-24-06

Effective: 01/01/2006

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2011

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 5111.02

Rule Amplifies: 5111.01, 5111.02

Prior Effective Dates: 5/5/88 (Emer), 8/6/88, 1/1/89, 12/31/90, 8/26/00, 1/1/94

 

 

SEE THE REQUEST & QUESTIONS BEING ASKED BY THE RIDERS TO BRING BACK THE DAILY LAKEWOOD CIRCULATOR BELOW: 

     You are invited to speak at the August 30 Monday 7:00 p.m. candidates night for all candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive, at the Lakewood Public Library 15425 Detroit, Lakewood, Ohio, in the first floor multi-purpose room. Each County Executive candidate will be given five minutes to speak on what you would do as County Executive to try to restore some or all of the bus service which the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) cut in the past few years, especially the Lakewood circulator, in which RTA claimed its reduced income from the county sales tax was the main reason.

 
   And at this event to answer these questions:  
 
1) Why is there enough county sales tax money for the $425 million (or more) medical mart but not enough county sales tax money for RTA to operate buses, which is why RTA says it made many drastic bus cuts?
 
2) Do you favor using some of that medical mart money to restore any RTA bus service?
 
3) Do you think the medical mart funding is a corrupt and illegal deal that should be investigated and/or terminated -  of Democrat Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, with the vote of Democrat County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, giving many millions of our county sales tax dollars to the MMPI company headed by Tim Hagan's close friend Democrat Christopher Kennedy, without competitive bidding to assure Kenendy got this medical mart crony deal?
 
4) Do you believe the people of Cuyahoga County need RTA bus service more than a medical mart?
 
5) Do you think that whoever wants a medical mart (the Cleveland Clinic) can build and pay for it, but don't use our county sale tax money for it?
 
6) Do you think the County Executive will inherit the power, currently vested in the Cuyahoga County Commissioners by Ohio Revised Code 306.02, to removeRTA Board of trustees members for doing a poor job, and will you, if elected, use that power to remove any or all of the RTA Trustees for doing a poor job?
 
If time permits, the audience will ask questions of the candidates about RTA, after all candidates answer all these (above) questions in their five minute talk.
  
    This event is free and open to the public and ends by 8:30 p.m. Library rules prohibit taking photographs. 
 
 
Please reply by August 6 Friday to confirm that you will or will not attend and participate in this event.  
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Transportation to the VAWP & Shuttle to Brecksville

Public Transportation TO Veteran's Administration Hospital at Wade Park

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provides regular bus service to either Campus of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. This service costs $1.50 each way. Use exact change or use a pass or farecard.

The Wade Park Campus is on East Blvd in Cleveland. There are several bus routes to choose from. The bus stop to the Brecksville Campus is at the entrance to Building 1.

Get the bus route to Veterans Affairs Medical Center*
(Look at the bottom of their page.)

VA Shuttle bus

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center operates a shuttle bus between campuses. Listed below are the times that the shuttle leaves & arrives at Wade Park & Brecksville facilities.

The bus is free, but only available to veterans & VA employees.

Listed are the times that the shuttle leaves & arrives at our Wade Park and Brecksville facilities

The first and last buses of the day are for patients only!

MORNING ------------------------------------------------------------ LEAVE ARRIVE **7:00 A.M. - BRECKSVILLE 7:55 A.M. - WADE PARK 8:15 A.M. - BRECKSVILLE 9:00 A.M. - WADE PARK 8:15 A.M. - WADE PARK 9:00 A.M. - BRECKSVILLE 10:00 A.M. - BRECKSVILLE 10:45 A.M. - WADE PARK 11:15 A.M. - WADE PARK 12:00 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE AFTERNOON ----------------------------------------------------------- 12:15 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE 1:00 P.M. - WADE PARK 1:30 P.M. - WADE PARK 2:15 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE 3:00 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE 3:45 P.M. - WADE PARK 3:00 P.M. - WADE PARK 4:00 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE **4:40 P.M. - WADE PARK 5:30 P.M. - BRECKSVILLE ** For Patients Only

Library rules prohibit taking photographs

Fantastic list of questions - I've been reflecting on the incompetent leadership of RTA and the incompetent leaders who appointed them and it is clear RTA needs a complete reorganization from the top down - a DISGRACE! I'll do some photo documentation to accompany my full response on corruption of RTA.

I doubt they need more money - the MedCon is just one example of the $ billions wasted here by our human garbage leaders, which should be addressed fully - thank you for bringing this front and center.

I'd like to raise the question, why "Library rules prohibit taking photographs" at a public forum held there and if so why a public forum should ever be held there... and why taxpayers should support the Lakewood library system.

I have attended important public forums in Cleveland Public libraries and was certainly allowed to photograph. Is Lakewood insane?

I intend to photograph and video tape the entire EPA hearing on the Medical Center Company licensing at the MLK Cleveland Public Library and expect all public hearings of any sort important to the citizens of the region to be videotaped and that evidence provided for free to citizens - those who obstruct such free sharing of information are corrupt.

Disrupt IT

so libraries are now restricted privacy zones?

so libraries are now restricted privacy zones?

i don't quite understand.

so what does that mean, exactly?

"Clinic ownes Euclid" - citizens need permission to photograph

I was detained by Clinic Police for taking pictures on Euclid Avenue - I'll write about this later but the bottom line is they said "the Clinic ownes Euclid Avenue and citizens need to get permission to photograph there".  They took my ID - called me into the Cleveland Police and TOLD THEM to run my police record and probably contacted homeland security or whatever freakshow the assholes work with, and then released me - NO WARRENTS, MOTHERFUCKERS.

I overheard the Clinic dispatcher tell the "Clinic cop" that media must make special arrangements to photograph there so the morons that be there did eventually realize Norm Roulet is part of realNEO and they were fooling with the free press.

Of course, the Cleveland CLinic Foundation is one of the most active visitors to realNEO so they certainly know us well (hi Toby).

I imagine the Clinic has forgotten there is such a thing as free press here, they are so embedded in our corrupt local politics... and have ultimate police powers over their domain, being all of Northeast Ohio (not that they give a fuck about the health of citizens here)..

I happened to be photographing the public art on Euclid at the same time as some poor arab-looking foreign researcher who "claimed" he worked at the Clinic and didn't have ID. He was obviously taking pictures of art to share with his world -  they really detained that arab looking foreigner... he's probably doing hard time in Cuba now.

I recommend arab looking foreigners stay far away from the Cleveland Clinic... to work or for treatment.

Leadership here is psychotic.

Disrupt IT

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Here are the 6 Questions for RTA/MED MART?

And at this event to answer these questions:  

 
1) Why is there enough county sales tax money for the $425 million (or more) medical mart but not enough county sales tax money for RTA to operate buses, which is why RTA says it made many drastic bus cuts?
 
2) Do you favor using some of that medical mart money to restore any RTA bus service?
 
3) Do you think the medical mart funding is a corrupt and illegal deal that should be investigated and/or terminated -  of Democrat Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, with the vote of Democrat County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, giving many millions of our county sales tax dollars to the MMPI company headed by Tim Hagan's close friend Democrat Christopher Kennedy, without competitive bidding to assure Kenendy got this medical mart crony deal?
 
4) Do you believe the people of Cuyahoga County need RTA bus service more than a medical mart?
 
5) Do you think that whoever wants a medical mart (the Cleveland Clinic) can build and pay for it, but don't use our county sale tax money for it?
 
6) Do you think the County Executive will inherit the power, currently vested in the Cuyahoga County Commissioners by Ohio Revised Code 306.02, to removeRTA Board of trustees members for doing a poor job, and will you, if elected, use that power to remove any or all of the RTA Trustees for doing a poor job?