Money Follows the Person (MFP) program is one of the programs WILS offers through our Transition Services program. WILS assists nursing home residents with developing support systems to transition safely and successfully back into their home.
Do you or someone you know want to move to the community from a nursing facility or habilitation center? MFP is a federal demonstration grant given to the state of Missouri. The overall goal of MFP is to support individuals with disabilities and those who are aging to move from a qualified nursing facility or habilitation center to a quality community setting that meets their needs and wants and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from being able to move to the community.
Money Follows the Person Eligibility Criteria
- Be a current resident of a skilled nursing facility for 90 continuous days
- Be eligible for Medicaid and receiving MO HealthNet benefits
- Have some source of income
- Be 18 years old or older and have a developmental or physical disability or have a traumatic brain injury or mental illness
People who qualify will participate in the program for a year. At the end of the year they will continue to receive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) – and supports through the regular MO HealthNet program as long as they continue to be eligible for those services.
How does the Money Follows the Person program work?
The facility you reside in will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) who will contact a Transition Coordinator at WILS. WILS’ MFP contact will be with you through the entire process. They will initially do a level of care assessment to identify the best plan for you.
After being approved for the MFP program, a transition plan will be established and WILS MFP Specialist will assist with the following:
- Identification of HCBS and supports needed to live in the community.
- Options for housing
- Moving support
- Decision on whether CDS or in-home care is needed.
- Moving expenses
- Home health needs
- Independent living skills training
- Purchasing of home items and set-up of home upon move-in day
- Assistance technology and/or durable medical equipment
- Home modifications to allow for independence