Membership Application of the Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS)

The following is a copy of the Membership Application for the Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS) that we received October 13, 2007. We are posting it for your information and review. Please feel free to submit any comments or questions to info@newstarttransports.com. While New Start Transports is not currently applying for membership with AMATS, we do meet all of the membership requirements and more! Please feel free to email us your comments.

AMATS Membership Application

To the Applicant:

Thank you for your request for membership in the Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS). We appreciate your commitment to holding to the standards set forth by this organization and its members.

An application form and application checklist is enclosed. Please be sure to include all the following items listed on the checklist:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from any combination of the following:
    (a) Program or Admissions Director from a NATSAP program, a provisional NATSAP program, or a program that is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    (b) Educational Consultant who is a member of IECA, a provisional member of IECA, or is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    (c) Therapist or Counselor who holds a professional license and has a minimum of a Master's Degree and is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
  2. Proof of at least $1,000,000 liability insurance written specifically for adolescent
  3. intervention/transport, with insurance company contact information.
  4. A link to your Secretary of State's website regarding disclosure of your company's ownership, or written proof of company ownership.
  5. Payroll report to provide proof of employment of your staff, or proof of contractors' coverage of $1,000,000 liability insurance.
  6. Affidavit signed by owner of company, stating all employees have had FBI background checks, or California Trustline Registry checks.
  7. Non-refundable application fee of $250.00.

Upon approval by the Board of Directors, new applicants will be granted membership for a period of one year. Membership fee is $1,200.00. Dues are reviewed and set by the board, and are subject to change. Membership dues are billed from January to December (calendar year), and due by the end of January. Application fee is due upon receipt of the application, please make payable to AMATS. (Membership fees will be pro-rated by calendar month.)

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Johnson.

Applications should be sent to: AMATS

AMATS Membership Application

Date of Application:


Name of Organization:


Owner/Director:


Office Phone:


Fax:

Address:





Number of employees:


What is your reason for application to AMATS?







AMATS reserves the right to refuse membership for any reason including but not limited to, any past, pending or future legal action taken against applicants. It is the responsibility of the individual requesting membership to inform AMATS of pending legal issues.



I agree to adhere to AMATS Outline of Standards, and will abide by AMATS guidelines and rules.


_____________________________________ ____________
Signature Date

Application Checklist

_____Completed Application Checklist

_____3 Letters of Recommendation

_____Proof of Insurance with Insurance company contact information

_____Link to State's website or other proof of company ownership

_____Payroll report or proof of contractor's liability coverage

_____Affidavits of background checks signed by Company Officer

_____Application Fee: $250 (check made payable to AMATS)


I certify that the membership application for ________________ (name of organization) is complete for submission to the AMATS members for approval of a one-year membership.


By: _____________________________





Below for AMATS use only:

Application Received: Date _____________

Application Approved: Date _____________

Outline of AMATS Standards

  • All applying companies must be in existence for at least two years. And:
    An Applying company must submit at least (3) Professional Recommendations
    from any of the following categories:
    1. Program Director/Admissions Director from a NATSAP Program, a provisional NATSAP program or a program that is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    2. Educational Consultant who is a member of IECA, a provisional member of IECA or is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    3. Therapist or Counselor who is licensed and has a minimum of a master's level and is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
  • All members must carry an "industry specific" million-dollar professional liability insurance policy for Youth-crisis intervention transport. A policy for 'livery', 'limousine', 'taxi' will not be acceptable.
  • All individual agents conducting the interventions/transports must be covered under the company's liability insurance policy. All member companies must have W-2 or other verifiable contract mechanism that qualifies each individual "employee/agent" to fall under the company's insurance and meet all the legal guidelines of the IRS laws for contractual labor. If all agents are not W2 employees of the transport company, then the applicant must provide proof that each agent is covered.
  • All primary agents must undergo training consistent to best industry practices and standards.
  • All primary agents must be cleared by FBI backgrounds checks. These checks should be based on an approved biometric. All agents working in or out of California must be cleared via the California Trustline Registry according to California Law.
  • Full disclosure of ownership (including any holding or parent companies).
  • Employees will not be able to work simultaneously for more than one adolescent transport company without the prior approval of both companies.
  • No Referral Kickbacks and any contractual relationships must be made public including posting this information on the company's website.
  • Any multiple misdemeanors (more than two) within the past 5 years.
  • No history of reckless or irresponsible driving within the past 5 years.
  • No felony convictions within the past 5 years.
  • Any sexual, child endangerment, or violent/aggravated assault charges will permanently disqualify anyone for employment.

AMATS recognizes that people who have worked through substance-abuse problems often provide excellent role models for children in crisis situations. A written request for a waiver of the above requirements may be submitted. Waiver requests will be reviewed by and acted upon by the Executive Committee.

The following minimum criteria must be met:

  1. Any offenses must have been committed at least 3 years in the past.
  2. The offense(s) cannot have involved child endangerment, violence or sexual misconduct.
  3. The individual must have an established work history demonstrating responsible behavior since the offense(s).
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