The Transportation Access Program (TAP) assists Island residents and families with excessive costs of off-Island travel due to longterm illness and health/mental health needs requiring services not available on the Island.
TAP began as a program of MVCS in 2016, and since then has helped over 300 Island families with off-Island travel expenses.
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.
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.
When requesting reimbursement the following is required; documentation of the appointment and receipts for allowable expenses, all must be attached in order for the application be considered completed.
Thanks to Governor Julian Cyr, Representative Dylan Fernandez, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the State of Massachusetts, MVCS is able to offer assistance for Islanders to access needed medical and behavioral health services off-Island.