A grant from the Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation has made possible the return of a program from MV Community Services that reimburses Islanders up to $750 a year to cover excess travel expenses, including ferry and bus tickets and hotel stays, for medical or behavioral health care not available on Island.

Funding from the Transportation Access Program is intended to assist when all other alternative means, such as health insurance coverage, have been exhausted or if other available modes of transportation or assistance are not feasible, according to an announcement from MVCS. Requests over $750 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

More information, including applications in English and Portuguese, is being posted at www.mvcommunityservices.org/tap. Applications can be submitted requesting reimbursement for expenses dating back to December 1, 2020. Documentation of the appointment and receipts for allowable expenses are required.

Questions about the program may be directed to tap.info@mvcommunityservices.org or 508-693-7900 x 406 and will be answered within two business days, according to the announcement.