Topeka – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a
“Money Follows the Person” demonstration grant to the Kansas Department of
Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in 2007. The purpose of the
demonstration is to transition consumers out of institutions into the community,
allowing their Medicaid funding to pay for community based services.
Following the year long planning period, implementation of the project began
July 1, 2008 and the efforts have already begun to make an impact on the Kansas
long term care system.
The grant allows the state to provide incentives to facilities to transition
from institutional based care to providing home and community based services for
individuals with disabilities. As a part of this effort, the last private,
large bed Intermediate Care Facility for Mental Retardation (ICF/MR) in Kansas
closed its doors in August 2008. At the time of its closing, New Horizons, based
in Pittsburg, was serving 53 individuals. Due to the services provided under
the Money Follows the Person project, 50 individuals have successfully
transitioned to community based services.
“As we continue to transform the Kansas long term care system, it’s vital
that we ensure a broad array of services and supports to individuals, allowing
them to choose where they want to live and what they want to do,” said SRS
Secretary Don Jordan. “It’s more than just a rights issue, it’s an issue of
resources and Money Follows the Person provides additional support to the State
of Kansas to promote the development of more community based supports that allow
individuals to live in their own homes and communities.”
Money Follows the Person is a five year grant award which concludes in 2011.
Kansas’ goal is to transition 963 seniors and individuals with disabilities out
of institutions into community based settings