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
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
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
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