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Newsroom State’s “Money Follows the Person” initiative producing results
9/23/2008

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