MFP Money Follows the Person

Project Newsletter

Winter 2014

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Welcome!

MFP Money Follows the Person Happy New Year from the HHS-HUD Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project team! As our project winds down, we will continue to deliver resources and tools to help individuals served by the Money Follows the Person program through cross-agency collaborations, and through support for MFP housing staff.

Over the course of the last three and a half years, there has been a tremendous amount of development, trainings, implementation and collaboration conducted under this project and we thank you for being part of it. We encourage readers of our newsletter to utilize the resources mentioned in your ongoing housing and services activities. For additional news items, please visit our webpage:
http://www.neweditions.net/housing/news.asp

News

    HCBS Final Rules Released

  1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule January 10, 2014, to strengthen community living options for older Americans and people with disabilities under Medicaid's home and community-based services (HCBS) programs. The rule, implementing part of the Affordable Care Act, supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, adds protections for individuals receiving services, and defines and describes the requirements for home and community-based settings appropriate for the provision of HCBS under section 1915(c) HCBS waivers, section 1915(i) State Plan HCBS and section 1915(k) (Community First Choice) authorities. CMS noted that the rule creates "a more outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings, rather than one based solely on a setting's location, geography, or physical characteristics."


  2. HUD & Rural Housing Appropriations in FY 2014 Federal Omnibus Appropriations Act

  3. On January 21, President Obama signed into law the long-awaited FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which includes funding for key housing programs serving households that are low income, elderly, and/or disabled, under the Departments of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), and Veterans Administration (VA). The appropriations cover October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, providing some modest increases and decreases, including funding for new HUD Section 811 Project Rental Assistance programs for non-elderly persons with disabilities.


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    HUD Section 811 Project Based Rental Assistance Program

  5. Last Spring, HUD announced the award of grants to 13 states under its new Section 811 Project Rental Assistance programs for non-elderly persons with disabilities, out of 40 states that applied. A key feature of the program is formal cooperation between the state housing agency that serves as the primary grantee, and the state Medicaid agency and/or agency(ies) that provide long term services and supports (LTSS). In most of the states, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program plays a key LTSS role. Over the past few months, HUD and the 13 grantees have been negotiating their "cooperative agreements" relating to the detailed implementation of the grants. Draft versions were released in November, 2013, and final versions expected in March 2014. HUD is also expected to release another Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Sec. 811 PRA grants in the near future.

  6. CMS-Housing Capacity Building Initiative Training Sessions in New York

  7. The CMS-Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project (Capacity Building Initiative) team from New Editions Consulting, Inc. provided two one-day on-site trainings on "Accessing Housing Resources for People with Disabilities Transitioning from Institutions to the Community". The agenda was designed for staff of the New York state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and Department of Health (DOH) for Regions 1 in Batavia (12 attendees) and Region 5 in Long Island (43 attendees). Workshops were tailored to the housing expertise of staff in the respective regions. Presentations provided the basics of understanding housing programs, policy development, and providing services not tied to housing. In addition, there were interactive sessions on accessing housing resources. Digital materials included instructions and an extensive compilation of locally-available housing programs, units, public housing agency contacts, and other resource links. Additional webinars and discussion sessions are planned through March 2014.

Resources Update

Rural Housing Toolkit

In December 2013, the Rural Housing Toolkit was posted to the "Our Products" section of the project website and introduced to states through a two-part webinar series. The toolkit is the culmination of a tremendous amount research and development by the Capacity Building Initiative team, and reflects a successful collaboration with MFP states currently demonstrating best practices in the area of rural housing. This dynamic resource provides users with concrete resources that can help MFP providers, directors, outreach workers, and transition and housing coordinators identify and access the resources they need to help people leave institutional care and return to their rural communities. http://neweditions.net/housing/documents/Rural_Housing_Toolkit.pdf

For more information about the Webinar series, visit: http://neweditions.net/housing/training_other.asp

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To view new and existing resources created under this project, please visit our website: http://neweditions.net/housing/products.asp

CBI Activities at a Glance

This table presents a summary of project accomplishments under the Capacity Building Initiative to date.

Accomplishment

Description

New Housing Units for MFP Transitions Providing opportunity, inspiration, motivation & support thru the Regional Training platform
  • 200 units Texas
Dallas/Atlanta Regional Training Collaboration Follow-up
  • 335 units California
Seattle/San Francisco Regional Training Collaboration Follow-up
  • 18 units Tennessee
Dallas/Atlanta Regional Training Collaboration Follow-up
43 Total Trainings Average more than 1 per month over 3-1/2 years
  • 13 one/two day programs
 
    • 60 average number of attendees in person
In person attendance ranged from 50 to 100
  • 30 webinars
 
    • 70 typical number of webinar participants
By phone participants ranged from 20 (invitation-only webinars) to 360
    • 360 largest number of webinar participants
Invited housing agencies as well as MFP agencies
68 Original Products Developed by Team to support housing/services collaboration
  • 19 documents
Original papers, briefs, toolkits, guides, other resource materials
  • 49 slide presentations
 
116 Resource Documents/Links Government & policy resources, studies & reports on key topics on housing, services, and collaborative efforts
  • 28 Housing & Services categories/subpages
 

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