The Illinois Department on Aging Money Follows the Person initiative is part of a statewide, multi-department demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. The program is for individuals who have resided in qualified institutions in the state demonstration areas for a minimum of 90 days, have received Medicaid benefits for a minimum of 1 day and are 60 years of age or older.
Goals of the Program
1. Increase the use of home and community based long term care services
2. Eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long-term care services
3. Ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community based long term care services
How Does It Work?
Care Coordinators work with you to determine if you might benefit from moving from a nursing home to the community with services that will allow you to live independently. They wll help you search for a place to live within your income and start the community services you need to remain there. A physician or health professional will help confirm that your plan for community services will meet your needs. Your care plan and the services package available to you will depend on assessment criteria as identified by the Care Coordinator. Most of the services will fall under what are call home and community based waiver or state plan services. These programs are paid for by state and federal dollars are available to people who demonstrate a financial and medical need for Medicaid.
The choice to begin the process of moving to the community starts with you!
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this program, please call the WADI Care Coordinator nearest you: