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Does Your CIL Participate in MFP? Do You Have Participants Who Use MFP?

We need your voices on the Hill now!

Money Follows the Person (MFP) officially ended in 2016 and although states have until the end of this year to spend their remaining funds, 7 states have completely run out and many more are dismantling their programs as the end nears. Because of this, we must urgently push this program on the Hill. While we know the power of MFP, Members of Congress do not understand that services, lives, and jobs are being put at risk if MFP is not re-authorized.

Fortunately, there are now bills in both the Senate (S. 2227, introduced by Senators Cantwell and Portman) and the House (H.R. 5306, introduced by Representatives Guthrie and Dingell). Both versions have the exact same text, and the same name: The Empower Care Act.

Please contact your legislators now! Tell them what this program means to you and your consumers. Tell them what it means to your Center for Independent Living (CIL). Ask for them to sign on as co-sponsors. Please copy or contact Community Living Advocate Sheryl Grossman ( with your correspondence so that she can track our progress.

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