Empowering People with Disabilties - Money Follows the Person - DHS 4624

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Community Reintegration Program

Independent Living is the right of people with disabilities to control and direct their own lives, to have choices and options and to actively participate in all aspects of society.

The Money Follows the Person/ Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multi-department demonstration program. Your participation is voluntary.

The goals of MFP are to:

  • increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services,
  • eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice,
  • increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition, and
  • ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) is sponsored by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

All services through the CRP program are available to MFP recipients.

What the Money Follow the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP)

can do for nursing facility residents:

  • Locate and secure affordable housing
  • Assist with the first month's rent and security deposit
  • Provide household items
  • Provide assistive equipment and devices
  • Arrange for home remodeling to ensure independent safe functioning
  • Provide training in independent living skills
  • Make referrals of personal assistant services
  • Provide personal assistant management training
  • Provide case management
  • Provide advocacy and peer support.

Money Follows the Person

Community Reintegration Program (MFP)

Qualifications for the MFP Program

  • Resides in a nursing facility in Illinois
  • Lives in Illinois
  • Is a U.S. citizen or legal alien
  • Is between the ages of 18 and 59 (exceptions for the BI and AIDS waiver programs)
  • Has a severe disability which will last for 12 months or the duration of life
  • Needs long term care as established by the Determination of Need (DON)
  • Has resided in a qualified institution for a minimum of 6 months
  • Has physician's approval of plan of care
  • Has no more than $17,500 in non-exempt assets
  • Has received Medicaid benefits for a minimum of 30 days
  • Does not require in-home services that are expected to cost more than institutional care
  • Is open to recommendations of staff regarding referrals for other services and demonstrates a willingness to follow through
  • Is able to follow all action steps to complete reintegration
  • Is able to demonstrate initiative in meeting goals

The MFP Program is intended to be a one time only process to help with the initial set up of basic living arrangements, as well as linkages to services needed to live independently.

MFP participants are visited in the nursing facilities by Transition Coordinators who will do initial assessments to determine if they are appropriate candidates for the program.

When a referral to the program is received, our MFP staff will meet with the potential participant, explain the program and assess the need for services and support the individual will require for a successful transition. Information will be provided to ensure the participant can weigh the pros and cons between nursing facility and community living.

For more information call:

Locate the nearest Center for Independent Living by contacting:

DHS/DRS Independent Living Unit:

Springfield - 217-782-9689 (Voice/TTY), Chicago - 312-814-4037 (Voice/TTY) www.dhs.state.il.us

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living: 800-587-1227 (Voice/TTY) annford@incil.org

For more information:

Call or visit your local Illinois Department of Human Services office.

If you have questions about any Illinois

Department of Human Services (IDHS) program, call or visit your local IDHS office. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your local IDHS office is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:


1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

You may speak to a representative between:

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

For answers to your questions,

you may also write:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Bureau of Customer and Provider Assistance
100 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, Illinois 62762

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