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Newsroom SRS awarded Money Follows the Person grant

Topeka- The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has been awarded a Money Follows the Person (MFP) grant. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Kansas a $37 million, five year demonstration grant for the initiative.

Money Follows the Person permits funding to ‘follow the person’ to the most appropriate and preferred setting, and financing arrangements enable transition services for individuals who transition between institution and community settings.

“The Money Follows the Person grant is a vehicle for the state of Kansas to serve people in their own homes and communities,” SRS Secretary Don Jordan said. “This affords SRS the flexibility to develop and implement creative alternatives to placing individuals in hospitals, nursing facilities, or intermediate care facilities.”  

Many individuals placed in nursing or intermediate care facilities could be served in their homes and communities. Home and community based services help to preserve individuals’ independence and ties to family and friends at a cost no higher than that of institutional care. 

Consumers of nursing and intermediate care facilities accessing Money Follows the Person funding are required to use community based residential services that house less than three people instead of congregate or group living residence based settings. 

Enhanced community services will help make it possible for individuals to return to their community. The enhanced services include payments for utility deposits and reasonable expenses to establish a residence, such as dishes, basic furniture and linens as well as life-line and other personal security measures.

To be eligible for transitioning, individual consumers must be Medicaid eligible for at least 30 days prior to transfer and must have resided in a qualified institutional setting for a minimum of six months. Individuals must continue to need and receive home and community based services after transition.