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Georgia Money Follows The Person (Ga MFP)

Money Follows the PersonMoney Follows the Person (MFP) is a rebalancing initiative that was made possible by an eleven-year grant to states from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This grant is designed to help individuals who are institutionalized in in-patient facilities like nursing facilities, hospitals and intermediate care facilities (ICF) for people with developmental disabilities, to return to their homes and communities.

The Georgia Department of Community Health implemented Money Follows the Person on September 1, 2008. Through partnerships with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Community Affairs, and other state and local agencies and organizations, DCH seeks to transition 2,142 individuals from institutional setting to the community.

MFP Information for Georgia Consumers
What is MFP?

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Money Follows the Person (MFP) allows people in in-patient facilities (i.e. hospitals, nursing homes or other long-term care facilities) who are elderly or have physical or developmental disabilities to move out and receive support services to live in their own homes and communities. Money follows the participant by allowing the state to pay for long-term support services in a home and community-based setting rather than an institutional setting.

Who can benefit from MFP?

Georgia plans to help 2,142 MFP participants transition from institutions through December 31, 2016. In order to be eligible for MFP, you must:

  • Live in an inpatient facility (i.e. nursing home, hospital or intermediate care facility) for at least 90 consecutive days (short-term rehabilitative stays don’t count) 
  • Be a Medicaid beneficiary for at least one day prior to transition
  • Meet institutional level of care
  • Move into a qualified residence (home, apartment or group setting)
What can I expect from MFP?

If you wish to participate in MFP (or refer a friend or family member to the program), contact the state MFP office at gamfp@dch.ga.gov or call 404-651-9961. An Options Counselor or Transition Coordinator will contact you to arrange a screening to determine your eligibility for MFP and to find out what you may need in order to resettle in the community. The Options Counselor or Transition Coordinator will then assist you in arranging home and community-based services through one of Georgia’s Medicaid waiver program or other Medicaid services. With assistance from the Options Counselor and Transition Coordinator, you and your family, friends, and representatives will begin planning together for what you want your life in the community to be like. When you are ready to leave the facility, the MFP program can provide you with assistance such as security and utility deposits, furnishings and basic household items, moving costs, environmental modifications to make your home or apartment accessible, connections with peer supporters and other community resources, and other additional services.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about MFP, contact:


MFP Forms - Updated 04/01/13

Publications
MFP Project Evaluation Reports



MFP Steering Committee Minutes and Other Reports







Alternative formats available upon request.


MFP Training - Webinars

MFP Overview: Training for Qualified Vendors and Service Providers (QVSP)
Description:
 Vendors and service providers providing services to MFP participants must complete this training presentation. This training presents a brief 15 minute overview of the MFP Project, project goals, outcomes and performance benchmarks, MFP transition services and the transition planning process. Vendors and service providers must review the presentation as soon as possible before initial contact with the MFP participant. The Overview/QVSP presentation must be reviewed within 30 days of initial contact with a MFP participant. This training is required for Peer Community Supporters, PSS direct service workers doing Trial Visit PSS, Life Skills Coaches, Caregivers involved in Caregiver Outreach and Education and Home Care Ombudsman. Follow the link below to review a brief PowerPoint presentation and then complete, sign and return the presentation evaluation form to R.L. Grubbs at rgrubbs@dch.ga.gov or fax to 770-357-8857.

Trainers/Facilitators: R.L. Grubbs (Specialist)
Training Material:   Money Follows the Person Overview - Updated 08/06/12
  MFP Overview Presentation Evaluation Form - Posted 07/09/13


Title: MFP Process Orientation CORE Training: Deskaids and Workworks Employment Manual

Description: Deskaids are quick reference guides or ‘memory joggers.’ A set of five deskaids was prepared for use by MFP field personnel to assist with recall of MFP transition processes and resources. New tools have been developed to guide field personnel in Person Centered Career Planning focused on vocational goals of participants.

Training Objectives: After this training, you will be able to - 

  • use deskaids to advise MFP participants regarding waiver options and application processes, inform participants about services and assist participants with housing searches; 
  • identify the your role in Person-Centered Career Planning;
  • identify three community employment options and two employment service providers;
  • identify qualified vendors and make referrals for the MFP Supported Employment Evaluation (SEE) service; and
  • use the “Employment” deskaid to facilitate a discussion about vocational goals and work incentives.

Materials: You will need the Set of 5 DESKAIDs and a copy of the Workworks for Everyone Manual. Contact your manager/supervisor for these materials.

Instructions:

1.       Download the presentation handout PDF

2.       Click the link to play the recording of the training: https://dchmeetings.webex.com/dchmeetings/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=27374447&rKey=ac69485b314a758b

3.       After reviewing the training, complete the Training Evaluation Form and fax to R.L. Grubbs at 770-357-8857.

If you need assistance, you can contact R.L. Grubbs at rgrubbs@dch.ga.gov or by phone at 404-657-9323. 

Trainers/Facilitators: Vaughns, Johnson, Grubbs, Underwood, Wright, Greathouse and Crandell

Training Material  MFP Training Evaluation Form: DESKAIDs & Workworks Manual - Posted 12/12/13

  MFP Process Orientation Core Training: DESKAIDs & Workworks Employment Manual - Posted 12/12/13


MFP Fiscal Intermediary Training

  How to Administer the Quality of Life Survey - 6/28/2011 (1 hour 28 minutes)

Trainers/Facilitators: R.L. Grubbs (Specialist); Natalie Towns and Kristi Fuller (GHPC, Statewide Evaluation Consultants)

  Checklist for Transition to the Community - 6/23/2011
Understand the flow of activities in the transition process using the Checklist for Transition to the Community - a step by step review of the transition process with corresponding documents. (1 hour 35 minutes)


MFP Process Orientation Workshop – Updated MFP CORE training designed to introduce field personnel to changes in the MFP transition process, new MFP transition services, a review of person-centered planning, waiver application processes, financial reimbursement and reporting processes.

Trainers/Facilitators: R.L. Grubbs (Specialist), Pam Johnson (PD), et.al.
Training Material:   Workshop Training Manual - Posted 02/04/13