West Virginia Receives New Federal Grant to Expand Community Based Alternatives to Institutional Long Term Care

Posted: February 25, 2011

It was announced today by the US Department Health and Human Services that West Virginia is one of 13 states awarded a Money Follows the Person Grant (MFP). The purpose of this grant is to give federal support to West Virginia in their efforts to help move Medicaid beneficiaries out of institutions and into their own homes or other community settings now and in the near future. This grant should allow significant progress to occur in WV in rebalance nursing home and community based Medicaid spending opening up new opportunities for people to choose to live in the community if they wish to do so.

The MFP program provides individuals living in a nursing home or other institution new opportunities to live in the community with the services and supports they need. Groups benefiting from these home-and-community based programs include the elderly, persons with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities, mental illness or those diagnosed with several of these conditions.

In the first year of the grant WV will receive $1,267,373. Funds committed through 2016 total $22,220,423. The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Medical Services (WV Medicaid) will administer the grant.