“Helping People Return to the Community”

MassHealth’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration is a voluntary program designed to help individuals who live in facility-based settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, and intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities (ICF/ID), to return to their homes and communities.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts oversees the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. Through partnerships with other state agencies, EOHHS seeks to transition more than 2,000 qualified MassHealth members from facility-based settings to the community with services and supports.

To Qualify for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration

The individual must:

  1. be living in a nursing home or long-stay hospital for at least 90 consecutive days, excluding Medicare rehabilitation days;
  2. be 18 years old or older and have a disability, or be age 65 or older;
  3. receive MassHealth benefits at least the day prior to discharge; and
  4. move in to an a MFP-qualified residence in the community.

A qualified residence includes:

    • a home owned or leased by the applicant or family member;
    • an apartment with an individual lease or a community-based residential setting in which no more than four unrelated individuals reside; or
    • an assisted living residence that has an apartment with separate living, sleeping, bathing and cooking areas, lockable access and egress, and meets other criteria.

MFP Demonstration Services

The goal of the MFP Demonstration is to enable individuals who are MFP-qualified to move back to the community. A transition coordinator will be available to coordinate MFP Demonstration services as needed to support the individual’s transition to a community setting. MFP-qualified individuals also will be connected with a case manager, who will develop a service plan that will support the individual’s ability to remain in the community.

MFP Demonstration services are available for 365 days after the individual moves to the community. These services include:

  1. Transition Coordination and the purchase of transitional assistance services that may include:
    • Household Goods and Supplies
    • Household Furnishings
    • Security Deposit
    • Utility Deposits
    • Moving Expenses
    • Home Modification 
    • Peer Support
    • Family Training
  2. Case Management
  3. Assistive Technology
  4. Orientation & Mobility Training

In addition, participants in the MFP Demonstration can get help looking for housing, as needed.

Transition Coordination Services

A transition coordinator will explain other community services and supports available to those who wish to participate in the MFP Demonstration. In addition to MFP Demonstration services a participant may be eligible for MassHealth State Plan long-term services and supports, or one of the Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, including the new Money Follows the Person Waivers.

For more information on the MFP Demonstration contact:

MFP Project Office
Tel:  (617) 573-1647
e-mail: MFP@state.ma.us


This information is provided by MassHealth.