Community Living

By Jane Rath, New Editions Vice President 

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program provides funding and support for 44 state grantees to design and develop services and supports to assist individuals move from institutional to home and community-based settings. Additionally, MFP provides the foundation and framework for states to transform their systems to be more focused on home and community-based systems. 

New Editions assists the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the national implementation of regulations, particularly with regard to ensuring that beneficiaries receiving home and community-based services (HCBS) live and work in settings that are home and community-based and that are integrated into the community. In March 2014, CMS published regulations to improve Medicaid HCBS by providing increased guidance on person-centered planning and clarifying what protections must be in place when restrictions are imposed on individual rights.

This is one of the several banners designed for MFP to direct conference attendees to a registration booth.

In June, New Editions facilitated the seventh annual meeting between the US Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Agriculture (USDA) at HUD headquarters. The theme of this year’s meeting was Housing as a Platform for Health.

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Technical Assistance (TA) website provides technical assistance to state agencies pursuing 1915(c), 1915(i) and 1915(j) HCBS waivers and state plan amendments.

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Technical Assistance (TA) Needs Assessment is a survey that collects data on states' progress and TA needs in implementing the MFP Demonstration.

The MFP TA Tracker allows MFP-related professionals to track technical assistance requests and outcomes. It allows users to track assigned requests, reassign them to other users, add comments to requests and more.

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) website is designed to assist the ICDR in its goal to promote coordination and cooperation among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research programs. It provides information about ICDR activities, resources and accomplishments.

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Technical Assistance (TA) website promotes promising practices and provides guidance on program improvement strategies in the areas of system performance and individual consumer outcomes for the MFP Rebalancing Demonstration.

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration projects across the country say that the biggest obstacle to successful transition is the lack of affordable, accessible housing. When someone chooses to use self determination to return home to a tiny community out in the middle of nowhere, the problem can seem exponentially more difficult. Coupled with lack of housing, there is typically a lack of formal services and limited (if any) public transportation.