Description and Assessment of State Approaches to Diversion Programs and Activities Under Welfare Reform. A. Introduction


The broad goal of this research project is to develop a better understanding about state efforts to divert families from the welfare system and the potential implications of these efforts for eligibility of diverted families for Medicaid. This report presents the results of the first phase of this project involving the collection and analysis of descriptive data about diversion programs and activities in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. In this concluding chapter, we review our findings and assess the implications for current policymaking and further research on diversion programs and activities, discuss state efforts to assess the success of their intentional diversion activities, and discuss the implications of our efforts for phase two of this research, the case studies.