Program Development

The model program provides information, resources, and guidelines that may be useful in developing a driving rehabilitation or community mobility program. The resources include information about service delivery models, AOTA official documents and informative articles, personnel guidelines, and equipment needs. Read more about the development of the toolkit (pdf).

Setting Up a Program

Below is information pertaining to proper planning and development of policies and procedures, as well as the risks and liability associated with a driving program. Additionally, resources on the integration of ethical principles with the planning, operation, and daily practice of a driving program can be found.

Tips on Setting Up Referral Pathways
Statement: Driving and Community Mobility Statement (2010) - pdf
Business Owner’s Playbook: A Guide to Protecting Your Business, Growing Your Assets and Planning Your Future
Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) Model Practices
Building Awareness: Driving and Community Mobility
Program Development: Expanding Occupational Therapy Services to Address Driving and Community Mobility
Developing Resources for your program - Generalist or Specialist

Equipment Needs - pdf
Adaptive Equipment - pdf
Needs Assessment - pdf
Personnel Requirements - pdf
Program Model Options - pdf
Space Needs - pdf
Starting Down the Road To Establishing a Driver Evaluation Program
Mini-Grant Funded Projects: Addressing the Barriers to Driving and Community Mobility Program Growth (PowerPoint presentation from Orlando Conference) 

Funding for Program and Services
Funding is a critical issue in the development and support of older driver and mobility programs. Occupational therapy practitioners can find resources for identifying and procuring funding below.

AOTA Reimbursement Resources
• AOTA Coding & Billing
• AOTA Advisory Opinion: Ethical Issues Around Payment for Services
• AOTA Guide to Medicare Local Coverage Determinations (AOTA Members)
• Pros and Cons of Medicare Payment for Specialty Driving Programs - pdf, 33kb

Promoting Participation in Driver Programs
The image of driving rehabilitation needs to emphasize the essential role of well-driver checkups in maintaining mobility and promoting active participation in everyday life. The resources below focus on prevention, wellness, independence, quality of life, and active participation through the use of driver and community mobility services.
• ADED Factsheet: Aging and Driving
• National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: National Center on Senior Transportation
• NHTSA: Adapting Motor Vehicles for People With Disabilities
• NHTSA: How to Understand and Influence Older Drivers (Download PDF)
• NHTSA: Drive Well Toolkit
• Driving Safety Guides (The Hartford)

Strategic Alliances
Below find resources to help identify and create referral pathways for collaboration among programs and agencies to meet community needs.  
• Physicians
o Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
• Judges
o Occupational Therapy's Role in Judicial Decisions About Older Drivers: A Guide for Occupational Therapists 
o Facilitating Judgments About Driving: A Guide for Judges  
o Partner Organizations and Stakeholders