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 (60 days or more) back to the community from 2009 through October
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 60 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