Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project

Virginia is one of 31 states participating in a five-year, $1.75 billion Money Follows the Person (“MFP”) Demonstration project designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that better enable individuals to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community.  This project supports Virginia’s Olmstead (community integration) initiative and complements the efforts of the recently awarded Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community-based long-term supports.  Virginia’s MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, will make over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia’s seniors and individuals with disabilities through September 30, 2011.

Virginia’s MFP project permanently adds services and supports to select home and community-based Medicaid waivers. The following chart illustrates the waiver services added as a result of the MFP Demonstration Project: 

Waiver

Waiver Service Added

Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD)

Environmental Modifications
Assistive Technology
Transition Coordination
Transition Services

HIV/AIDS (AIDS)

Environmental Modifications
Assistive Technology
Transition Services
Personal Emergency Response System

Technology Assisted (TECH)

Personal Emergency Response System
Transition Services

Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Supports (DD)

Transition Services

Intellectual Disability

Transition Services

Transition services and transition coordination are new services.

Transition services are for up-front household expenses for people moving from a provider-operated living arrangement to a private residence.

Transition coordinators assist individuals in moving out of institutions.

An “Operational Protocol” serves as Virginia’s program manual or Guidebook for the project.  This Guidebook has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

You can access the Guidebook and much more information by visiting the MFP website at http://www.olmsteadva.com/mfp.