DHHS operated the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through September 30, 2018. While it was operating, this program helped Medicaid-enrolled individuals who were residing in nursing homes or Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DDs) transition to independent living in community-based settings. This program was ran in accordance with the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
MFP supported self-direction and independence, promoting individual choice regarding community-based living arrangements or facility-care settings. The program had a transition process to assist with moving individuals back to their communities from institutional settings.
DHHS continues to support the goals of this program even without this program being in place. DHHS participates annually in the National Core Indicators surveys for the Medicaid HCBS Waivers to gather responses from nursing home residents to gauge their interest in and access to home and community based services. Nursing facilities are also required to regularly ask their residents about their interest in home and community based services. If residents express interest, nursing home staff help gather information for their resident and assist them with discharge planning.