April 9: Money Follows the Person Program (research talk)

Return to community: Supporting individuals as they recover their lives through the Money Follows the Person program
Dr. Tom Bohman
Dena Stoner
Wednesday, April 9
12:30-1:30 pm
School of Social Work, Room 1.214
1 CEU approved for social workers, psychologists, LPCs, and LMFTs
Light lunch will be provided, please RSVP to Linda Solomon at lsolomon@austin.utexas.edu


Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federally-funded national demonstration program that helps Medicaid enrollees transition from institutional- to community-based care. Dr. Bohman will present findings on the MFP Behavioral Health Pilot (BHP) project, which was initiated in Texas in 2008, to investigate whether individuals eligible for MFP who had mental health and/or substance abuse problems could successfully live in the community if offered appropriate, targeted supports. 

Dr. Tom Bohman is a research scientist with the School of Social Work’s Addiction Research Institute. He has extensive expertise in research design, quantitative analysis, and experience in economic analyses. Dr. Bohman has participated in numerous individual and long-term collaborations that produced award-winning publications in personal finance, nutrition and communication disorders. Dr. Bohman’s current interests involve a NIH-funded effort to identify diagnostic cutoff scores for language assessment instruments used with bi-lingual children; a CMS funded study on long-term outcomes of nursing home residents who relocate to community; and a CMS funded study on integrated health care for homeless individuals. Dr. Bohman is a past-president of the Austin Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

Dena Stoner is Senior Policy Advisor for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She also serves as Chair of the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors Medicaid and Finance Division. Ms. Stoner has over 35 years of experience in public policy, management, strategic planning, program design and program/policy implementation. She has developed and implemented a number of major initiatives in Medicaid-funded home and community-based (HCBS) services, acute care, managed care and behavioral health. In her current position, Ms. Stoner is responsible for developing initiatives to improve services for people with mental health and substance abuse conditions such as the nationally recognized Texas Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot, Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease Study and Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Mental Illness.