Community First Choice

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Lesson title

Community First Choice

Video title, link and release date

Community First Choice; September 30, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and four seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

On September 4th, 2012 it was announced that California is the first recipient of the new Community First Choice Option.

The Community First Choice Option is a new program included in the Affordable Care Act that provides funding to expedite states’ deinstitutionalization efforts.

As a result of the First Choice Option, California will receive funding to improve community and home based based services.

The program will continue to provide funding to states through 2014.

Review Questions

1. Improvements implemented through the Community First Choice Option are consistent with which piece of existing legislation?


2. How much funding will California be receiving?


3. How will the rest of the money be allocated? How does Medicaid play into this distribution?


Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Has institutionalization affected anyone close to you?

Do you think it helped or hurt that person? How would community placement be better/worse than institutionalization? Do you see the Community First Choice Option as a good investment for California and other states?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


California Health Line




Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.