Eileen Griffin is a Senior Policy Associate and co-director of the Cutler Institute’s Disability and Aging program area. Eileen has a strong interest in effective policy and program design and implementation, particularly for programs serving adults with disabilities and older adults. Trained as a lawyer, Eileen has a deep knowledge of Medicaid policy and the state regulatory and operational environment in which the Medicaid program operates. She enjoys keeping her eye on the larger strategic policy goals while digging into the regulatory and operational details that need to be addressed for effective implementation. Much of her work has involved working collaboratively with policymakers and other stakeholders to integrate policy and programs, streamline overlapping regulatory requirements, evaluate integrated programs, and bring state policy into compliance with new federal law. She has strong analytic and writing skills, can conceptualize and frame problems, and helps policymakers and other stakeholders develop strategies for addressing problems.
Eileen is currently part of RTI International’s team evaluating state demonstrations under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Financial Alignment Initiative to integrate care for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid services. In her time at the Cutler Institute she has drafted licensing regulations that integrate and streamline licensing standards across multiple types of behavioral health providers; designed a regulatory program that leveraged the accreditation process and findings of a nationally recognized accreditor; and helped states identify conflicts of interest for case managers and providers providing long term services and supports. She worked with Maine policymakers to draft its operational protocol for its Money Follows the Person demonstration and its transition plan for bringing Maine into compliance with new federal regulations governing home and community-based services. Eileen was lead author of a report analyzing the evolving roles and responsibilities of state Medicaid agencies, emerging opportunities and challenges, and their needed administrative capacity. She also served as lead author on a comprehensive review and analysis of Medicaid waivers.
Eileen has a growing interest in the factors that influence nursing facility use, identifying policy interventions that can reduce unnecessary use of nursing facility services, and the role of federal and state policy in promoting provider and community-level interventions that help older adults and adults with disabilities live independently in their own home.
Eileen has an A.B. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.