Money Follows the Person

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

DMA was awarded its MFP grant from CMS in May 2007 and began supporting individuals to transition in 2009. Under the Affordable Care Act, MFP was extended through 2020.

How to Apply

Money Follows the Person Application

Fax the application and Informed Consent Form to 919-715-4159

MFP Objectives

  • Increase the use of home and community-based services (HCBS)
  • Eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict Medicaid-eligible individuals from receiving long-term care in the settings of their choice
  • Ensure continued provision of HCBS to those individuals who choose to transition from institutions
  • Provide quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of HCBS with supports.

Success Stories! Why Transitions Matter

MFP Benefits

  • Participants receive supports through Medicaid’s Community Alternatives Program (CAP) waiver program, Innovations or PACE.
  • Financial assistance to purchase items and services needed to transition. These include:
    • security deposits
    • utility startup expenses
    • furniture
    • accessibility modifications
    • one-time items and services that may be required to transition


Participants must:

  • Have lived in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) for at least three months
  • Meet the CAP, Innovations PACE eligibility requirements
  • Be receiving Medicaid services before the transition
  • Choose to move to a qualified residence:
    • Participant’s own home or apartment
    • Participant’s family’s home
    • Group home with four or fewer people (only available in NC under CAP MR/DD)

MFP is not active in every part of the state and certain restrictions apply to the three-month timeframe and what constitutes a qualified residence.

Get Involved

Join the MFP Roundtable or become an MFP volunteer

MFP Sustainability Plan

MFP Tools and Resources

Contact Us

Toll Free Phone Number: 1-855-761-9030
Fax: 919-715-4159

Steve Strom, Project Director
Christy Blevins, Assistant Director
Diane Upshaw, Budget and Contracts Coordinator
Lakeisha LaPorte, Transitions Program Coordinator
Laura Ross, Data Coordinator
Tracy Pakornsawat, Professional Development Coordinator

The project described (MFP) was supported by Funding Opportunity Number 03-017-00-108 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare  Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.