Money Follows the Person
What is Money Follows the Person?
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration program that helps Medicaid-eligible individuals currently living in long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes, hospitals and other qualified institutions – successfully transition back into the community.

Who is eligible?
To participate in the program, you must be eligible for Medicaid and living in a long-term care or hospital setting for at least three months.  You should have an interest in living in the community and be eligible for one of the community service packages.

How does it work?
Based on your individual needs, MFP provides the funds, services and support you need for a successful transition into the community.  In addition to returning to your own home, housing options include individual apartments, assisted living and group homes.  Your Transition Coordinator will be your advocate in the transition process, working with you and your care team on a one-to-one basis to develop a plan that’s right for you.

How does the money follow me?
The cost of your current nursing home care is the dollar limit for your services in the community.  Your actual budget, however, will be determined by your needs.  You do not automatically get the dollar limit if you don’t need it.  Note: MFP does not give money directly to you.

What does the program pay for?
MFP pays for your care in the community as well as various expenses that come when a person moves into a more independent situation.  Based on your circumstances and needs, you may be eligible to receive help with home modifications, rent and security deposits, along with one-time setup costs for a new apartment.
What kind of support can I expect?
Your Transition Coordinator will work with you and your care team to help find a place for you to live and identify service providers such as nurses, physical therapists or home health aides in your community.

How long does it take?
The first step of the process is the development of a transition plan.  While the goal is to move as quickly as possible, each plan is based on individual needs, and therefore each timeline to transition is different.  Your Transition Coordinator will advise you what to expect in your particular situation.

How much care can I receive?
Your care plan is dependent on your situation.  The care management team will help assess what level of care will help provide a safe and successful transition to the community.  The assessment also looks at how many hours need to be covered in any given day.

Do I have a say?
You are the most important person in the transition process.  If you are happy in your current situation, you can choose to stay where you are.  At each stage of the transition process, you have the choice of whether or not to continue.

How do I learn more?
This brochure is designed to provide a brief outline of the Money Follows the Person program.  There are more details to think about in order to decide if it is right for you.  To find out more, talk to your transition team.  Or visit the Department of Social Service MFP Site.
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