Most states receive federal funding to transition persons on Medicaid living in institutions to community living (often referred to as Money Follows the Person Demonstration). This report, Money Follows the Person: A 2011 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs, from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the current status of the program including current enrollment, and per capita spending.
Leaders from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the National Youth Leadership Network, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, and other allies came together for a Community Living Summit to provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with a definition of community that captures the most vital elements of community life for people with disabilities. The summit proceedings and interviews addressed three specific questions:
- What are three things that determine that a place or residential program is not part of the community?
- What are three things that determine that a place or program where a person gets residential services is truly in the community?
- What does Community Living really mean?
The results of these conversations were published in the document, Keeping the Promise: Self Advocates Defining the Meaning of Community Living