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Written by: Michael Bolton on Thursday, December 5, 2013 Posted in:

“As a person living with cerebral palsy, acquiring her new home symbolized something more: it was the first day she would live as an independent adult.”

A recent story in the Augusta Chronicle tells the inspirational story of Angela Steger, chronically disabled since the age of nine she relied on others to help take care of her.  While living in the Golden Living Assisted Living Community she met her fiancé (they will be married on Saturday!) and with the help of Walton Options, a nonprofit organization that provides independent-living services to people of all ages and disabilities, secured the Medicaid funding for the couple to move in together.

Money Follows the Person Program

Georgia’s Money Follows the Person Program is Helping People Move Back into the Community

The MFP program paid their first-month’s rent, apartment security and utility deposits, and all expenses they needed to furnish the home and make it handicapped accessible.  You can read more about Angela’s story here.

Money Follows the Person is a rebalancing initiative that provides federal funding to states for help in transitioning people with chronic conditions and disabilities out of institutions and back into the community.  More specifically, money follows participants of this program to pay for home- and community-based long term care services rather than institutional care.

The state of Georga expects to transition 2, 142 MFP participants from institutions through December 31, 2016.  Eligible participants 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)

To participate (or refer a friend or family member) in Georgia, you can get more information here or contact the state MFP office at gamfp@dch.ga.gov or call 404-651-9961.

 

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