The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) announced its participation in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program beginning October 2014. Julie Reynolds, Director of BDDS, will be discussing the topic further during the Community Supports Section at INARF’s Quarterly Professional Interest Section meeting on November 20th.
The MFP program is a federal grant awarded to help states transition individuals from institutional settings into home and community based settings. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the addition of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services in a qualified institution and meet the level of care requirements for the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIHW) to participate in the MFP program. Rates and services for services under the MFP-CIH program are the same as those for the CIHW. An updated Medicaid Waiver Services, codes and rates chart, effective October 1, is posted on the BDDS webpage. The Division of Aging and BDDS will work to identify individuals who may qualify for the MFP program through the CIHW.
All providers who are currently enrolled as CIHW providers will automatically be enrolled to serve individuals on the new MFP-CIH program. The Division of Aging and BDDS will announce additional training for provider billing at a later date. Individuals will be eligible for services under this grant for 365 days following their discharge from an institutional setting and will then be eligible to transition to the CIHW, at which time they will be given a choice of a new case management company to work with on the waiver.
Additional information on this new program can be found in the announcement and on the MFP webpage. Should you have questions or need additional information about the MFP-CIH program, contact Juman Bruce, the Division of Aging, and/or Emily Larimer, BDDS.