What Determines Progress in State MFP Transition Programs

The National Evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Grant Program, Reports from the Field #8
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 30, 2011
Authors
Debra J. Lipson, Christal Stone Valenzano, and Susan R. Williams
This report, the eighth in Mathematica's Money Follows the Person series, identifies key factors that have contributed to and hindered state efforts to transition Medicaid enrollees to community living and rebalance their long-term care systems. Three crucial program elements are (1) effective transition coordinators, (2) ability to cover one-time moving expenses, and (3) extra support from transition coordinators or extra home and community-based services beyond what regular Medicaid programs typically cover. The report cites lack of affordable, accessible housing as the single greatest barrier to transitions. The report also identifies strategies states use to transition and maintain participants successfully in the community.