Money Follows the Person

Man in a wheelchair in a vanThe Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and nursing homes, and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community.

Under a contract with IME, five Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. The Operations Manager provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the MFP grant-related activities. Download the coverage map: PDF iconMFP Transition Specialist Service Areas Map

In addition, CDD employs an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants, and two Behavioral Specialists to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families, who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors. Learn more at: Positive Behavioral Supports Training.

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Helping people with disabilities make the transition from care facilities and nursing homes to community living requires careful planning, coordination and communication. The Transition Planning Guide was developed based on the experience of supporting transitions through the Money Follows the Person program. The guide's checklists help individuals and their support teams identify and meet needs for making successful moves to community living. Checklist topics include housing, medical or physical conditions, and mental and behavioral health. Download the guide:                     PDF iconTransition Planning Guide

Hello, It’s Us: Perspectives on Inclusion is a public access television program, produced in Iowa City by the Center for Disabilities and Development. The co-hosts, who both have significant disabilities, use public access television and YouTube as venues to highlight a variety of disability issues, including legislation and policy, through the lens of inclusion. Use the links below to watch a two-part episode that focuses on the Money Follows the Person program. 

All Hello, It's Us! episodes are available on the Hello, It's Us! YouTube Channel.

AUCD Poster Presentation - Iowa MFP 2017

At the 2017 annual conference for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Iowa's UCEDD presented this poster. The poster includes program goals and lessons learned, and it provides an update on Iowa MFP outcomes since the program began. To date, more than 700 people have made the transition into the community, and more than 90% of program participants have completed the MFP transition year, before successfully transitioning to the Brain Injury or Intellectual Disability waiver. Click on the poster to download a pdf for a better look.

Shane Fetui was just 16 years old in 2000 when he fell and suffered a traumatic brain injury that required three to four months of hospital care, followed by years of searching for the right services and support. Finally, with support from REM Iowa and Iowa’s Money Follows the Person program (MFP), Shane made the successful transition back to community living. Read Shane’s story: PDF iconShane Fetui - My Story

Four individuals who have made successful transitions to community living through Money Follows the Person share their experiences in a brief video below, titled "Partnership for Community Integration." In the video, they share stories about their new homes, jobs, and activities; their challenges and achievements.

For more information, please get in touch with:

Lindsey Robertson
Money Follows the Person Program
Center for Disabilities and Development
Phone: (515) 577-9935