The CMS “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Program works with the long term care system to transition people with Medicaid from institutions to the community. Forty three states and the District of Columbia have implemented MFP programs and as a result from the spring of 2008 through December 2010 nearly 12,000 people were able to transition back into the community through the program.
The 2013 MFP Tribal Initiative offers existing MFP states and tribes the necessary resources to build sustainable community-based MFP demonstration programs. The plan is to help states and tribes have the necessary resources to build sustainable community-based long term services to especially support American Indians and Alaska Natives.
MTP Tribal Initiative grant funds will be available to:
- Identify the Tribes or Tribal organization’s community provider capacity needs, including IT system changes and training to achieve a sustainable model
- Transition AI/AN to their communities from institutions
- Build infrastructure for Tribes or Tribal Organizations to support MFP
- Strengthen partnerships between the state Medicaid agency and the tribes or Tribal organizations to support the initiative
- Identify housing resources
- Help individuals with multiple chronic conditions
- Ensure adaptive and/or assistive technology devices are available and in place
- Make certain that the execution of data use agreements and processes are in place
- Develop training for staff when necessary
The Accountable Care Act strengthens and expands the program to more states and also appropriates an additional $2.25 billion ($450 million for FY 2012-2016). The project will have four phases and separate awards:
- Phase One with $100,000 to $300,000 in funding will develop a Concept Paper
- Phase Two with $100,000 to $300,000 in funding will provide for a detailed time line
- Phase Three with $400,000 to $1,000,000 in funding will require the submission of a program application to meet the goals and objectives for the funding
- Phase Four with $250,000 to $600,000 in funding will be used to implement the program
Eligibility for the grant funding is only available to states already participating in the MFP grant program. The deadline for submission is March 22, 2013 with the project due to state April 1, 2013. The grant period of performance will last through FY 2016.