Living Choice/Money Follows the Person
The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration is a grant opportunity made available to states from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems. The grant is designed to transition individuals with disabilities and long-term illnesses from the institution back into their homes in the community.
The Living Choice Project is Oklahoma’s brand name for the Money Follows the Person grant, and is administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Oklahoma’s Living Choice Project is designed to transform the current long-term care system by promoting community based services instead of institutional services.
The Living Choice project serves three populations, the physically disabled (19-64), older persons (65 and older), and intellectually disabled. Individuals in any of these three populations are eligible for transition if they have resided in a qualified institution (i.e. nursing facility, intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities) for at least ninety days prior to their proposed transition date, and have had one day of their institutional stay paid by Medicaid.
individual who transitions to a home in the community will receive a range of
necessary medical and home and community-based services for one year (365 days)
after moving from the institution. At the end of their 365 days in the
community, those eligible individuals will graduate into the ADvantage Waiver.
The program has transitioned 240 members according to the 2013 OHCA annual report. The cost comparison was $14,598 for services provided in Living Choice compared to $26,886 for services being provided in a nursing facility and $64,118 in an intermediate care facility for the intellectually disabled.
We are proud to announce that the State of Oklahoma was awarded the Money Follows the Person Tribal Initiative (TI) grant in 2014. We will work closely with Tribal partners to assist in building sustainable community-based long term services and supports for tribal citizens.
- The mission of the Living Choice Project is to make community living possible for Oklahomans 19 years or older with disabilities or long-term illnesses.
- The Living Choice Project will empower individuals to have choice and control of the services and supports necessary to live and be part of the community.
Living Choice Core Values and Beliefs
- All persons are capable of growth and development.
- All persons have value.
- All persons must be involved in and carry the primary responsibility for the decisions which affect their lives.
- All persons should live and work in the most natural and integrated settings.
- All persons should live in and be a part of the community.
- All citizens have the right to fully exercise their rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
- People First Language will pervade all communications and interactions. People are considered people first and are not identified by their disability, race, background, culture and socioeconomic status.
- The Living Choice Project approach to transition planning promotes a holistic view of a person during the transition planning process and enhances coordination of supports and services.
- The Living Choice Project facilitates individual and professional collaboration at both the state and local level including program development, implementation, evaluation, and policy formation.
MFP/Living Choice Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the MFP/Living Choice:
- You must be at least 19 years of age
- You must qualify for SoonerCare (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) for at least one day prior to transition
- You must have Lived in an institutional setting (i.e. nursing home, intermediate care facility) for at least 90 consecutive days prior to transition
- You must voluntarily want to transition back into the community
- You must be willing to play an active role in your plan of care
MFP/Living Choice Referral Information
Anyone can make a referral for the MFP/Living Choice program and can do so by phone, fax, mail, or complete the referral online.
Living Choice Advisory Committee Quarterly Meetings
If you have any questions about MFP or would like to make a referral please contact us
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Attention: Russell Coker
4345 North Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Meet the Staff
Russell Coker – Project Director
Essence McKnight – Research Associate
Patricia Linzy – Research Associate
Mia Smith – Housing Coordinator
Irene Perez – Housing Specialist