By Monica E. Oss There are approximately 15.5 million people in the United States with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD)—about 4.75% of the total U.S. population. While 105,000 consumers with I/DD were living in institutions in 1985, that number is now likely well under 20,000 (see State Of The States In Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities). This glide path from institution to the community has been made possible by several changes in policy and funding. One of them, Medicaid’s Money Follows The Person (MFP) demonstration program, got a recent boost with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing additional funding of $165 million for the 33 states and the…
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