Money Follows the Person
What is the Money Follows the Person program?
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal program that helps Medicaid-eligible people ─ the elderly, adults with physical and developmental disabilities, and adults with mental illnesses ─ currently living in long-term care facilities; such as nursing homes and other qualified institutions, transition back into to the community and receive home and community-based services. Since the inception of the program, 1,086 people have transitioned into their communities.
Am I eligible?
To participate in the program, you must be eligible for Medicaid for at least one day and live in a long-term care or hospital setting for at least 90 consecutive days.
How does the money follow me?
We will assign a Transition Coordinator and Intense Transition Manager (ITM) to work with you to decide where you will live and develop a plan to transition to the setting of your choice. If you do not have an existing home, or family arrangements are unavailable, the ITM will have a list of available housing options from which you may choose.
What does MFP 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, rental deposit, and utility deposits along with one-time setup costs for a new apartment.
How does MFP work?
Based on your needs, MFP provides the funds, services, and supports you need for a successful transition into the community. In addition to returning to your own home, housing options include individual apartments and assisted living facilities. Also, during the first year, you can receive the following services:
- Tele-Home Care
- 24-Hour Help Line
- 24-Hour Personal, Attendant Care (for people with developmental disabilities)
- Home Modifications
- Supported Living Services
- Therapeutic Services
Who decides the services I will receive?
You will work with the Intense Transition Manager to make decisions together. You might choose to direct your own care or to have an agency direct your services. You will work with a nurse or other care specialist to further complete a care plan designed to meet your preferences and needs.
How do I learn more?
Contact: LaTonya Robinson, MFP Program Administrator
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437, Slot S530, Little Rock, AR 72203
Telephone Number: 501.320.6577
Toll-Free Telephone Number: 866.801.3435