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I Choose Home—NJ

State of New Jersey, Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly

James W. McCracken, Ombudsman

Sponsor: I Choose Home NJ

I Choose Home – NJ (also known as Money Follows the Person) is a Federal program with two main goals:

  • move people out of nursing homes and developmental centers back into the community; and
  • re-invest Medicaid dollars saved back into home and community-based services to grow the system

Residents who are eligible for Medicaid and have been living in an institutional setting for more than 90 days may be able to move to an independent community setting with supports and services.

Examples of possible in-home services include home health aides, adult day care, transportation, and meal delivery. Each person’s service package is individualized, according to his/her needs and circumstances.

Since 2008, New Jersey’s I Choose Home team has successfully transitioned 1100+ people from institutions back into home and community-based settings. Our goal is to transition over 2,200 people through 2020. This will result in a cost savings of $35.5 million dollars, to be spent on much-needed home and community based services for New Jersey’s elderly and disabled populations.

ICH-NJ is working to spread the message that A Nursing Home May Not Be the Only Option.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website at or call us at 1-855-HOME-005