NYS Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP)

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

The Money Follows the Person Program: Facilitating Return to Community–based Settings is a Public Health Live! webcast produced through SUNY Albany School of Public Health. This webcast educates healthcare professionals about how Money Follows the Person (MFP) can help eligible individuals transition from institutional settings back to their communities of choice, including how transition specialists and peers can help support individuals and collaborate with providers working in institutions and the community.

To view webcast: The Money Follows the Person Program: Facilitating Return to Community–based Settings

Who is eligible for MFP?

To be eligible for MFP participation the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Have resided in a qualified institution (hospital, nursing home, or ICF/IID) for not less than 90 consecutive days (minus Medicare covered rehabilitative days) immediately prior to transitioning to the community;
  • Be Medicaid eligible at least one day prior to discharge/transition;
  • Meet the eligibility/enrollment criteria associated with a constituent program;
  • Have health needs that can be met through services available in the community;
  • Voluntarily consent and participate;
  • Transition into a qualified residence.
What is a qualified residence?

A qualified residence, as defined by the Deficit Reduction Act is:

  • A home owned or leased by an individual or family member; or
  • An apartment with an individual lease, with lockable access and egress, which includes living, sleeping, bathing, and cooking areas over which the individual or the individual´s family has domain and control; or
  • A community–based residence in which no more than 4 unrelated individuals reside.
How has MFP helped?

An important role of MFP in New York State is making sure that individuals have the chance to express their opinions and feelings about the services they receive. MFP offers participants the opportunity to participate in a confidential survey that asks questions about their experiences in the nursing facility or other institutional setting, and in the community. The survey, called the Quality of Life survey, measures life satisfaction in a variety of areas such as living situation, choice and control, community inclusion, and overall life satisfaction. The survey is asked twice: once while the person still lives in the facility or institution and once about 11 months after he or she moves to the community. The survey is voluntary; participants may choose not to be asked these questions. The survey results provide helpful information to the Department of Health and to the public about MFP's effectiveness at helping participants to successfully live in the community.

To view Quality of Life survey results and other program evaluation results: Money Follows the Person: At–a–Glance (PDF)

  • MFP Peer Outreach and Referral and Transition Centers:
    New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL)
    Lindsay Miller
    155 Washington Ave., Suite 208, Albany, NY 12210
    (518) 465-4650
    (844) 545-7108
    www.ilny.org/programs/mfp
  • NHTD Waiver: Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Waiver, Regional Resource Development Centers (RRDC)
  • TBI Waiver: Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Program (TBI), Regional Resource Development Centers (RRDC)
  • Managed Long Term Care (MLTC): (518) 474-6965
  • Managed Long Term Care Technical Assistance Center (MLTC TAC): 866–712–7197 or mltctac@health.ny.gov
  • NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD): Community.Transitions@opwdd.ny.gov
  • New York Connects

Stakeholder Presentations

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Program
Community Care Connections