In May 2007, Kentucky was awarded a grant in the amount of $49.8 million from CMS to implement a Money Follows the Person rebalancing program in Kentucky.
The grant facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid-funded long-term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.
All Medicaid eligible individuals who are receiving Medicaid services in an ICF/MR or a nursing facility and who have been in the institutional setting (or a combination of hospitalization and institutionalization) for a minimum of six consecutive months are eligible to transition.
Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.