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Money Follows the Person

What is Money Follows the Person?

Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities. Services are provided for either: elderly (65+), those with physical disabilities, and/or those with intellectual and development disabilities to successfully return to live in their own homes and communities.

MFP helps people finding a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there.

MFP is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The program helps people identify barriers to living on their own and provides one-time transition support and ongoing service support that isn’t typically covered by South Dakota Medicaid.

Services MFP Provides

A participant would be eligible to receive MFP services in addition to appropriate HCBS 1915(c) waiver services as assessed by the participant’s transition team:

  • Transition Services (to secure a housing unit, set up a new housing unit, or make minor modifications to access unit)
  • Non-Medical Transportation (to assist in accessing local community resources)
  • Assistive Technology (to support the individual in becoming more independent in self-care)

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Who is eligible for MFP? 

Participation in South Dakota’s MFP Demonstration Project is open to any adult, age 18 or older.

  • Is a South Dakota resident;
  • Resides in a nursing facility, ICF/ID or other qualifying institution for 60 or more consecutive days;
  • Meets Medicaid level of care and financial eligibility criteria at least one day prior to transition;
  • Will reside in qualified housing upon transition (a home, apartment, or group home with four individuals or less);
  • Is willing to enroll in and can be supported in the community through the provision of an existing 1915(c)HCBS waiver; and
  • Expresses a desire to live and receive services in a home and community based setting.

The South Dakota MFP Operational Protocol, approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, guides the MFP program in South Dakota.

For more information, contact:

Sara Spisak, SD MFP Program Director
Money Follows the Person
Phone: 605.367.4393