Mathematica Releases Annual Report on Money Follows the Person Program
Mathematica Policy Research released its fifth annual evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The report examined the experiences of 19,877 MFP participants in 30 states. The MFP program identifies Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities living in institutional settings who want to live in the community, and redirects their funding to home and community-based services (HCBS) to enable a transition out of the institution. Eighteen of the 30 states participating in MFP offered employment as one of the available HCBS services, with 468 people (2 percent of all MFP participants) using employment services. Employment services include supported employment, prevocational services and other employment services, but the report indicated that less than 1 percent of all national expenditures for MFP covered employment services. However, ODEP is working with the CMS MFP team to explore ways to leverage technical resources from ODEP to support MFP state teams that are interested in increasing access to employment supports for MFP participants.