Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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October 23, 2012

South Daktoa Awarded Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Grant

PIERRE, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded South Dakota a 2012 Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Grant. The state will receive $1.3 million in funding during calendar year 2013.

The grant program is a federal initiative aimed at helping people transition into home and community-based settings from such institutions as nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“We are pleased to provide more choices to people receiving long-term care services through Medicaid,” stated Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. “We know that people who need long-term care prefer to live in their own homes and communities, and we are now able to offer that choice to more people through Money Follows the Person.”

South Dakota joins 43 states and the District of Columbia that are currently operating Money Follows the Person projects. The South Dakota MFP Demonstration Program was approved through year 2016 and is projected to help 136 people transition from institutions to the community.

“The Department of Human Services strives to optimize the quality of life of people with disabilities. Money Follows the Person is one more way to assure that South Dakotans with disabilities can move to a community of their choice and receive the quality support they need to enjoy life,” said Laurie Gill, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Human Services.

For questions about Money Follows the Person, contact the Department of Social Services at 605-773-3165.