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NC Department of Health and Human Services
NC Division of
Medical Assistance

Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person is a state demonstration project that assists Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians who live in inpatient facilities to move into their own homes and communities with supports.

We are excited and thankful to be a part of such a wonderful program.  It has certainly changed Kelli’s life and ours. - Martha C., parent of MFP participant.

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Contact Us

DMA Clinical Policy and Programs
Toll Free Phone Number 1-855-761-9030
Fax 919-715-4159

Trish Farnham, Project Director
Christy Blevins, Assistant Director
Natarsa Patillo, Data Coordinator
Diane Upshaw, Budget and Contracts Coordinator

Our Project's Purpose

  • MFP is a state demonstration project that assists people who live in inpatient facilities to move into their own communities with supports.
  • The Project’s intent is to support North Carolinians to have greater choice about where they receive their long-term supports.
  • The Project also helps identify and address barriers to receiving quality, community-based, long-term care and supports.
  • The Project is funded by Medicaid dollars through a partnership between North Carolina’s Division of Medical Assistance and the federal agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Our four objectives are to:
    • Increase the use of home and community based services (HCBS) and reduce the use of institutionally based services;
    • Eliminate barriers and mechanisms in state law, state Medicaid plans, or state budgets that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds to enable Medicaid-eligible individuals to receive long-term care in the settings of their choice;
    • strengthen the ability of Medicaid programs to assure continued provision of HCBS to those individuals who choose to transition from institutions; and,
    • ensure that procedures are in place to provide quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of HCBS.
  • DMA Memorandum of Continued Commitment (PDF, 43 KB)
  • Notice of project extension from CMS (PDF, 153 KB)

Our Project's History

DMA received notice of the grant award in a letter from CMS dated May 3, 2007. DMA formally accepted the grant award in a letter to CMS dated May 21, 2007. CMS formally approved the Operation Protocol in an award letter dated June 30, 2008.


The Benefits of Participating in MFP

  • Community-Based Funding for Supports
    MFP participants receive personal supports and other services through Medicaid’s Community Alternatives Program (CAP) or the PACE Program.  
  • Transition “Start Up” Funding
    Each participant may be eligible for up to $3,000 in order to secure items and services needed to transition.  These include: security deposits, utility start up expenses, furniture, accessibility modifications or other one-time items and services that may be required to transition.
  • More Options in Long-Term Support
    Participation in this Project is completely voluntary.  The Project simply provides eligible residents of inpatient facilities an option to receive supports and services in their communities.

Information about Participant Eligibility

In order for a person to qualify for the Project, the person must:

  • Have lived in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or an intermediate care facility for people with developmental disabilities for at least three months (PDF, 71 KB); and
  • Meet the CAP or the PACE Program eligibility requirements; and
  • Be receiving Medicaid services before the transition; and
  • Choose to move to a “qualified residence.”  A “qualified residence” is:
    • a person’s own home
    • a person’s family’s home
    • a person’s own apartment
    • a group home with  four or fewer people*.
      *in North Carolina this option is only available under CAP MR/DD
  • The Project is not active in every part of the state and certain restrictions apply to the three month timeframe and what constitutes a “qualified residence.”

General Information About the Application and Transition Process

Currently, anyone can submit an application to the Project. The completed Application and the Informed Consent Form may be faxed to 919-715-4159. If you have questions about the application, please contact Natarsa Patillo, Data Coordinator at 919-855-4394 or by e-mail at

Money Follows the Person Application Form:

Money Follows the Person Basic Information:

Transition Materials

CAP/DA Services Request Form and Physician Attestation Form

Our Project's Guidelines

The MFP Operational Protocol (PDF,1.7MB - updated 5/12/15) serves as the Project’s guide for development and implementation.  With stakeholder involvement, the Protocols are revised regularly to better meet the needs of MFP participants and the Project’s objectives.

MFP and Due Process (Powerpoint presentation)


Getting Involved with MFP: The MFP Roundtable

To become a part of the MFP Roundtable, receive e-mail updates, and get information on upcoming meetings, please contact Lakeisha A. Laporte at 1-919-855-4265 or 1-855-761-9030 or by e-mail at

Notes from Recent Roundtable Meetings

How Can I Help?

MFP relies on stakeholders - participants, their families, providers, advocates, and other community members - to build this project. If you are interested in supporting MFP, please complete and submit the How Can I Help Form or contact Lakeisha Laporte, Administrative Coordinator at 919-855-4265 or by e-mail at

How Can I Help Form:

Submit a Success Story
(For yourself, a family member or a client. (We will follow-up with an interview)


"Lunch and Learn" Transition Learning Series Webinars

Webinars take place on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. Contact Laura Ross ( to be added to the email list or for more information.



September 14, 2015
N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities: Overview and Update

August 10, 2015
Understanding TBI: A Walk Through a Young Woman's Life After Injury

July 13, 2015
MDS & LCA: Direction, Linking and Learning

June 9, 2015
Medicaid Overview - DMA Eligiblity

April 13, 2015
DMA Home and Community Based Services - My Future, My Plan

March 9, 2015
Identification and Referral for Substance Use Disorder Services

February 9, 2015
MDS and LCA Direction, Linking and Learning

January 12, 2015
The Crisis Solutions Initiative



December 8, 2014
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Orientation Presentation

November 10, 2014
Celebrating Family Caregivers

September 8, 2014
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) (PPT, 704KB)

July 14, 2014
MDS & LCA Direction, Linking and Learning

June 9, 2014
Social Security:  "Faces and Facts of Disability" (PPT, 5.6MB)

May 12, 2014
Addressing Food Access in North Carolina (a Department of Social Services Presentation) - (PDF, 258KB)

March 10, 2014
N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Programmatic Overview (PDF, 917KB)

February 10, 2014
Supporting Students and Families Toward Increased Independence

January 13, 2014
Care Planning - A Fighting Chance:  How to Unlearn Learned Helplessness (PPT, 3.5MB)



December 9, 2013
Local Contact Agency (LCA) Options Counseling for Residents & MDS Section Q: Understanding the SNF Role in Transitions (PPT, 1.5MB)

October 14, 2013
Housing Resources

June 10, 2013

January 14, 2013
MFP 101



October 8, 2012
MFP Operational Protocol 2012 Revisions (PPT)

September 10, 2012
Adult Protective Services (PPT)

August 13, 2012
MFP and Skilled Nursing Facilities

June 6, 2012
Consumer Directed Options

May 7, 2012

April 9, 2012
Guardianship PowerPoint

March 12, 2012
Assistive Technologies PowerPoint

February 13, 2012
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Integration Mandate

January 9, 2012
January 9th Roadmap for 2012



November 14, 2011
Employment Options

October 10, 2011
The Use of Peer Support in Transition Efforts

September 12, 2011
Caregiver Supports

August 8, 2011

July 11, 2011
CRC and LCAs

June 13, 2011
MCO Medicaid MFP Roundtable

May 9, 2011
Housing Options

April 11, 2011
MFP Overview


MFP Rebalancing Fund

Recent Reports about MFP

MDS 3.0, Section Q - Community Initiative Contact Information

On October 1, 2010, nursing facilities across the country will begin using a new iteration of the Minimum Data Set, called MDS 3.0.  The new version includes a revised Section Q designed to identify people residing in nursing facilities who may be interested in talking to someone about moving back into the community.

As is required under MDS 3.0, facilities will submit an application when a person residing in a nursing facility indicates under Section Q an interest in speaking with someone about the possibility of returning to the community.

Effective October 1, 2010, nursing facilities can call 1-866-271-4894 (9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) to submit Section Q referrals to trained call-center staff.

CMS MFP Presentations

DHHS Transition Capacity Building Advisory Group

Operations Documents

Meeting Materials (coming soon)

In-Reach Subgroup (coming soon)

Transition Subgroup (coming soon)
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