Money Follows the Person Options Counseling

In 2009, the Maryland Medicaid Agency began operations under the federal Money Follows the Person initiative to identify Medicaid eligible individuals in nursing homes who wanted to transition back into the community using home and community-based services offered through Medicaid home and community-based waivers. The Department collaborated with the Medicaid Agency to oversee options counseling and application assistance for individuals in nursing homes. The Department oversees options counseling and application assistance through 19 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in partnership with seven regional Centers for Independence (CILs). The options counselor goes to the nursing home, meets with the individual to discuss options for community living, and assists with applications for home and community-based waiver programs. 1,739 people transitioned from long term nursing home stays (90 days or more) back to the community from 2009 through October of 2013.

Money Follows the Person(MFP) Nursing Home Eligibility Criteria: Eligible individuals are individuals 18 years and older who​ are financially eligible for community Medicaid and have been in a nursing home at least 90 days.

Money Follows the Individual (MFI) Eligibility Criteria: Eligible individuals are 18 years and older who have been financially eligible for Medicaid in a nursing home for at least 30 days.​

Contact Number: (410) 767-0545