The History of Money Follows the Person
Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Section 6701 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-71) created the MFP rebalancing demonstration, the largest demonstration program in the history of Medicaid.
MFP was extended by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to shift Medicaid's long-term care spending from institutional care to home and community-based settings.
Congress authorized up to $4 billion in federal funds to support a two-fold effort by state Medicaid programs: (1) to transition people living in nursing homes and other long-term care institutions to homes, apartments, or group homes of four or fewer residents; and (2) to change state policies so that Medicaid funds for long-term care services and supports can "follow the person" to the setting of his or her choice.
In order to track the effectiveness of MFP at improving the quality of life of Medicaid beneficiaries transitioning to home and community-based settings, periodical surveys are administered. In Oregon, the MFP program is called the Oregon Community Choices Program (OCCP).
New Design – Oregon Community Choices Program
Oregon maintains the MFP program under a reinvented strategy that includes a joint partnership between Aging and Persons with Disabilities (APD), Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) and the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), expanding the scope of the program to cover populations served by the three programs.
APD continues to administer the program in its Advocacy and Development Unit, with a governance structure that includes a steering committee membership from APD, AMH and ODDS.
Money Follows the Person Project
Oregon Community Choices Program
To recognize the commitment to program integrity, efficiency of operations, increased transparency, and meaningful stakeholder involvement, the program is rebranded as the Oregon Community Choices Program (OCCP).