What Determines Progress in State MFP Transition Programs
(2011, October). What Determines Progress in State MFP Transition Programs. (#8). Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy.
This study was conducted to identify the determinants of progress in MFP programs. Specifically, relying on interviews with state officials, the study sought to identify the approaches used by MFP grantee states that have transitioned more MFP participants and have lower rates of reinstitutionalization than average. It also asked program representatives in states with varying levels of progress about factors that contribute most to progress and that present the greatest barriers. State officials interviewed for this study identified three program elements as crucial to progress in any MFP transition program: (1) effective transition coordinators, (2) ability to cover one-time moving expenses, and (3) extra support from transition coordinators or extra HCBS beyond what regular Medicaid programs typically cover. They cited the lack of affordable, accessible housing as the single greatest barrier to helping more people move out of institutions (abstract from p. 1 of report).