Supes Approve MaxCare Contract and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Workforce Development Office Director Miguel Figueroa asks the board to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Subgrant intended to support and fund youth opportunities.

EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the agreement with Critical Care Transportation Ambulance Services with Max Laufer, Inc. doing business as MaxCare Ambulance to provide ambulance services within Imperial County. In other action, the board approved the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Subgrant Agreement for Program Year 2016-17.

Based out of San Diego, the Critical Care Transportation (CCT) level of ambulance service is intended for patients requiring transportation between healthcare facilities that require a higher level of care than what can be provided by a paramedic.

According to Public Health Department Contract Administrator Chris Herring, this level of service has not been provided in Imperial County.

“This is a level of service that goes above and beyond the paramedic scope of practice usually provided by a registered nurse or a medical technician being transported along with a patient,” said Herring.

Services took effect April 30 and will remain in force for a one-year term. The agreement requires MaxCare Ambulance to maintain compliance with current EMS Agency administrative and medical policies.

The agreement also restricts activities that would impinge on existing exclusive operating agreements with other Imperial County ambulance service providers.

Additionally, Workforce Development Office Director Miguel Figueroa requested the board approve and authorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Subgrant intended to support and fund youth opportunities for assistance in academic and occupational learning, development of leadership skills, preparation of youth for furthering education, additional training and eventual employment.

According to Figueroa, the department received $1.8 million from the state of California which represents a 22 percent increase from the previous grant received.

District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelly commended Figueroa for his performance and said he (Figueroa) along with his team have done an outstanding job in implementing the WIOA program that Kelley fully supports.

According to Figueroa, one of the key elements of the program will earmark 75 percent of non-administrative dollars for high school youth.

“Seventy-five percent is a high number compared to the 30 percent allocated under the previous act,” said Figueroa. “This year, we have prepared ourselves with the proper strategies to make sure we reach that goal.”

Figueroa said they will be working diligently to coordinate with local businesses to create partners.