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Money Follows the Person: An Early Implementation Snapshot

This issue brief examines the early successes and challenges of MFP. A 2008 survey of 29 states receiving MFP grants turned up several key findings, including that several hundred people have moved from institutional to community settings; that states are providing a broad range of services to facilitate transition; that housing issues for MFP participants are a major challenge for states; and that the severe economic downturn had not yet prompted states to scale back their efforts.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52015

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In each issue of HCBS.org NewsCLIPS we examine a topic related to home and community-based care by providing an overview of recent papers and publications. This issue of NewsCLIPS highlights Housing. Access to affordable, accessible and integrated housing is a component critical to the efficacy of home and community based services. The NCB Capital Impact team of experts helped gather examples and promising practices on affordable, community based housing options.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52001

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Implications of State Program Features for Attaining MFP Transition Goals

This second report in a series focuses on how state variation in level of experience and infrastructure to undertake large-scale transition programs can affect implementation. The authors describe differences in strategies to 1) expand transition coordination capacity 2) locate appropriate housing 3) enhance long-term supports & services 4) change Medicaid HCBS programs/policies to ensure that those who transition can remain in the community after the MFP eligibility period ends.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51989

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Using Research To Improve Practice and Inform Policy in Assisted Living: A Manual for Community-Based Participatory Research

A new first-of-its-kind e-manual has been published about improving practices and informing policies in assisted living communities through the use of a collaborative method of research – community-based participatory research (CBPR). The manual serves as a “how-to” resource for researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy makers, and community members and explains the principles and methods of community-based participatory research with actual examples from the medication management research.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51985

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The Village Movement -- Community Approaches To Aging: Presentation & Website

Villages are a grassroots effort to address the current and unfolding challenges of an older America. Originally started in MA in 2000, the concept arose out of older community members’ desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that address their needs related to aging. In Village arrangements, members pay an annual fee and pool their funds to collectively purchase services. The Village-to-Village website offers resources for communities starting programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51952

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The Disability Law Handbook

Meant for individuals with disabilities and entities that have obligations under disabilities law, the handbook provides basic information about disability rights and resources for finding out more. The book is in a Q and A format while the website is organized by topic. Employment, services and programs, public accommodations, housing, education, transportation, and technology and communications are all discussed.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51948

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Priced Out in 2008: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

The study compares monthly income for people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to local median incomes and Fair Market Rent rates for modest units across the U.S. In 2008, there were 219 housing markets in 41 states where recipients of SSI, people with long-term disabilities and virtually no assets, would have to pay 100% of their income for a modest one-bedroom unit. Ten years ago there were 44 such markets in 13 states. Policy recommendations are given to reverse this trend.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51938

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Maryland Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program

The Demonstration aims to provide 75 to 100 low-income residents with rental assistance for up to 3 years as they wait for permanent housing assistance. A process map showing how a subsidy is provided, marketing materials, sample contracts, and several worksheets for gathering unit and participant information and determining assistance eligibility and amount are given here.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51936

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Building Local Housing Strategies and Partnerships

The presenters lead a discussion on the importance of local strategies for building affordable, accessible housing. They touch on how to identify key partners and opportunities, create a transition support network, and advocate for prioritizing housing in local programs. Examples of Money Follows the Person grantee activities are given, with a focus on Maryland’s experiences. Resources for conducting a local housing market assessment are also given.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51935


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