Welcome to Virginia’s Money Follows the Person Website!
Virginia is one of 45 states participating in the $4 billion Money Follows the Person ("MFP") Demonstration project funded through 2016 (see Medicaid.gov for more information). This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.
The "MFP" project is now underway. The "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 here.
Virginia's MFP project permanently adds supports to select home and community-based Medicaid waivers. The following chart illustrates the waiver supports added as a result of the MFP Demonstration Project:
|Waiver||Waiver Support Added|
|Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD)||Environmental Modifications*
|HIV/AIDS (AIDS)||Environmental Modifications*
|Technology Assisted (TECH)||Personal Emergency Response System
|Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Supports (DD)||Transition Services|
|Intellectual Disability (ID)**||Transition Services|
*Please note that these services will only be available to MFP Participants as of July 1, 2009 and only for the first year following transition.
**Formerly known as Mental Retardation
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 when they choose the EDCD Waiver.
Individuals who choose to participate in the MFP project may also be able to access:
- Supplemental funds for home modifications that exceed $5,000; and
- Temporary rental payments while home modifications are being completed.
To participate in the MFP project, you must:
- Have resided for at least 90 consecutive days in a hospital, nursing facility (any days spent in short-term skilled rehabilitation services do not count towards the 90 days), intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disability (ICF/MR), long-stay hospital, institute for mental disorders (IMD), psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF), or a combination thereof;
- Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
- Have received Medicaid benefits for inpatient services for at least one day prior to MFP enrollment;
- Qualify for, and enroll into upon discharge, a Program for all-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) or one of the five following waiver programs:
- Elderly or Disabled with Consumer-Direction Waiver (EDCD)
- Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver (DD)
- HIV/Aids Waiver (AIDS)
- Intellectual Disability Waiver (ID)
- Technology Assisted Wavier (TECH);
- Move to a “qualified residence.” A qualified residence is: 1) a home that you or your family member owns or leases; 2) an apartment with an individual lease, with lockable access and egress, that includes living, sleeping, bathing and cooking areas over which you or your family has domain and control; or 3) a residence in a community-based residential setting in which no more than four (4) unrelated individuals reside.