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Participant A was happily working at a leading hotel chain as a chef. A series of events led to him losing an eye, the death of his mother and the death of his brother. This sent Participant A into a depression coupled with addiction. He was sent to a nursing home after a divorce and illness.

Participant B had a stroke while living independently. After a hospital stay, she was sent to a nursing home. Her six children sold her belongings.

Participant C was a young man with a future in technology when he was diagnosed with a degenerative disease. He was hospitalized and sent to a nursing home because his care needs were not able to be met by his family.

Once a person is in a nursing home for an extended time, their income is paid to the facility to cover their care, and they are given between $30 and $50 per month. If a person does not have family or other financial resources, it is almost impossible to return to independent living in the community. As little a $30 per month (or as much as $50 per month) is not enough to take care of personal needs, let alone to save for the first month’s rent and security deposit, and other expenses that are involved in moving to an apartment.

Money Follows the Person is a state and federal program designed to assist qualified people in returning to community living. The program provides funds to pay the first month’s rent and security deposit. It also provides funds for household items and furniture.

Centers for Independent Living, like Paraquad, are contracted through the state to provide counseling and transition planning to people in nursing homes. One of the foundations of the program is based on the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires public agencies to provide services “in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.”

Centers for Independent Living have been on the front line in advocating for programs like Money Follows the Person. CILs have used the program to transition many people out of institutions and returned participants like the ones profiled here to independent lives in the community.

Rozita Miller is the Transition Coordinator at Paraquad. She can be reached at rmiller@paraquad.org.

4 comments on “What is Money Follows the Person?”

  1. 1
    Sharmin Euell on December 4, 2017

    My father is a stroke victim of 3+ yrs, he is in a nursing home, would like to know more about money follows the person program.

    1. 2
      Paraquad on December 7, 2017

      Hi Sharmin. A member of our information and referral department will reach out to you by email with more information.

  2. 3
    Derek on May 30, 2018

    I don’t think I qualify for this. I’m having trouble getting my social workers etc… To assist me. Do you have to be in a nursing home to qualify? I’m trying to work a lot of strange things happen to me I don’t have enough money and I am stressed and confused about reality a lot. I don’t want to be in a nursing home who would want that. I feel like I am in a constant struggle but don’t accomplish as much as I would expect to. Prayer and meditation helps a lot. It’s difficult to be articulate

    1. 4
      Paraquad on May 31, 2018

      Hi Derek. Thanks for your comments and questions. Someone from our Information and Referral Department should be reaching out to you today with more information.

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