Money Follows the Person is a MassHealth demonstration program that assists individuals in nursing facilities or “long-stay” hospitals, move back to the community with the supports and services they need.
What kind of services can I get?
Money Follows the Person can help you find a place to live; pay security and utility deposits; and provide moving costs, home modifications, furnishings, dishes, pots, pans, and other household goods. Your transition coordinator will help you get the items, services, and supports needed for your new home. You may also qualify for other services through a Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.
How do I qualify for Money Follows the Person?
- You must be in a nursing facility, chronic-disease or rehabilitation hospital, including a public health hospital, an intermediate-care facility for people with intellectual disabilities, or certain psychiatric hospitals, for at least 90 consecutive days (excluding Medicare rehabilitation days)
- Be 18 years old or older and have a disability, or 65 or older;
- Be a MassHealth member, or meet the financial requirements to qualify; and willing to move to an MFP-qualified residence in the community, which may include returning to your home.
Where can I live?
- In your own home
- A home owned or leased by you or a family member
- An apartment
- A community-based home setting in which no more than four unrelated people live
- An assisted-living apartment with separate living, sleeping, bathing and cooking areas; lockable doors and other requirements
What kind of help can I get?
A designated person, called a transition coordinator, will help you plan and organize the services you will need. You will learn about your choices of available home- and community-based services. You will learn about state agency programs you can use. You also will be linked with a case manager. Your case manager will make sure you get the services you need when you are in the community.
How do I learn more?
To learn more about the services you can get through Money Follows the Person, call Ethos at 617.522.6700 or Mass Health at 1.800.841.2900 (TTY: 1.800.497.4648, for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled) or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth/MFP.