Moving to Independent Choices: The Implementation of the Cash and Counseling Demonstration in Arkansas

The report describes the design & implementation of Arkansas’ model of Cash & Counseling—IndependentChoices—and draws lessons from the state’s experience. The report is based on in-person interviews conducted with Arkansas state officials, IndependentChoices’ program staff, staff providing counseling and fiscal services under IndependentChoices, staff providing traditional PAS in Arkansas, and staff of advocate organizations. The summary also draw lessons for future Cash & Counseling programs.