MFP ONLY provides one year of funding for individuals to move from an institutional setting to an HCBS setting.
$ FOUR BILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG RESULTS IN $ ONE BILLION IN SAVINGS FOR STATES
MFP research was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research. One Mathematica representative stated during the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) Webinar Impact of MFP webinar on July 25, 2019 that the total cost has been over $4 billion (2005-2018) but only produced $1 billion dollars in savings
The Money is not Following the Person in the Money Follows the Person program.
In 2017, the Illinois House of Representatives ordered an audit of the CILAs program at the Department of Human Services. The report was published in 2018. During the audit, they found that MFP is a “misnomer”.
DHS failed to develop a State plan to create CILAs throughout the State of Illinois. The requirements for participating in the MFP program requires that an individual living in a developmental center move to a CILA with four beds or less. During FY12- FY16 the total MFP funds granted to Illinois from CMS was $11.2 million dollars. However, the State did not create any budget for the MFP program and the funds went to benefit the State (general fund) and not to any community agency.
Congress should hold open hearings and hear public testimony from participants and/or their guardians to determine the continued feasibility of MFP in light of these concerns. ICFs should remain a choice to provide a true and full continuum of care for those that request services for their loved one with I/DD.
• $4 Billion dollars spent to save $1 billion dollars.
• Gaps in information regarding the Quality of Life Survey.
• More than half of MFP participants end up in the Emergency Room or hospitalized.
• Over 50% of the States are withdrawing or limiting their participation in MFP.
1-Evidence for the Impact of the Money Follows the Person Program
2-a Link to webinar: Community Living Policy Center Webinar Impact of MFP
2-b Link to pdf: Community Living Policy Center Webinar Impact of MFP-pdf -page 17
3-Findings from the National Evaluation of the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration pdf- page
4-Report to the President and Congress on MFP pdf - pages 21-22
5-The Texas MFP Operational Protocol 2018 pdf- pages 59-68
6-Money Follows the Person 2015 Annual Evaluation Report- page xv
7- Mathematica's MFP Quality of Life Survey -pdf –page 1
8- Illinois House of Representatives ordered an audit of the CILAs program -pdf -pages 13-14
9-Money Follows the Person Annual Report 2015 pdf- page 33, 28
10-Joint Report: Ensuring Beneficiary Health and Safety in Group Homes
11- Money Follows the Person: State Transitions as of December 31, 201