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February 23, 2017

Idaho Home Choice

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Demonstration designed to help states try new ways of delivering Medicaid services. The Demonstration is designed to help people to move, also called transition, from an institution into home- and community-based living settings, such as a home or an apartment. In Idaho, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as Idaho Home Choice. The goals of the demonstration are: 
  • Increase the use of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and reduce the use of institutionally-based services;
  • Eliminate barriers and mechanisms in state law, state Medicaid plans, or state budgets that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds to enable Medicaid-eligible individuals to receive long-term care in the settings of their choice;
  • Strengthen the ability of Medicaid programs to assure continued provision of HCBS to those individuals who choose to transition from institutions; and,
  • Ensure that procedures are in place to provide quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of HCBS. 
Idaho Home Choice Money Follows the Person Demonstration Grant will help people transition from an institution (skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facilities or institutions for mental diseases) to community living in an apartment, private home or community setting such as a certified family home. MFP initiatives increase outreach to individuals in institutions and decrease barriers to transition.
To participate in the MFP project, you must:
  • Have lived for at least ninety consecutive days in a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for individuals with mental retardation/intellectual disabilities, or an institution for mental diseases
  • Be a resident of Idaho
  • Be Medicaid eligible at the time of discharge
  • Qualify for either the Aged and Disabled or Developmental Disability waivers
  • Move to a “qualified residence” 


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Quality of Life Survey

The Quality of Life Survey is designed with the participant in mind. The survey stresses topics related to the quality of the participant's life. The data from pre-transition is compared with data from post-transition. According to data collected by previous participating states, the Money Follows the Person, known in Idaho as Idaho Home Choice, greatly enhances the quality of life for participants. The Quality of Life Survey is conducted by members of the Centers for Independent Living some of which are advocates who have disabilities themselves.

Scheduling a Quality of Life Survey:
Please use the Quality of Life Survey Request Form or contact Tammy Ray or Sarah Spaulding to schedule a Quality of Life Survey.

Tammy Ray - (208) 364-1889
Sarah Spaulding - (208) 287-1172
Email: IHCMFP @