CMS announced that they have made Money Follows the Person (MFP) planning grants available to those states without existing MFP programs. These grants will provide states with up to $5 million for a “planning phase.” During this planning phase, grantees will be expected to work with stakeholders to design and develop an MFP Demonstration that supports the states’ unique LTSS system reform goals. Award recipients will also have the opportunity to implement capacity building initiatives during and after the end of the Planning Phase. Allowable expenses may include funding for administrative activities; capacity-building; personnel costs; MFP-related travel; in-state and out-of-state training; outreach and marketing; information technology (IT) infrastructure to accommodate the MFP reporting requirements; and for implementing the required HCBS Measure Set. Any Medicaid agency, including Territorial programs, not currently participating in the MFP Demonstration may apply for the planning grants.
Important dates in the notice of funding opportunity include:
- Letter of Intent to Apply Due Date: May 2, 2022
- Electronic Application Due Date: May 31, 2022 (3:00 pm ET)
- Anticipated Issuance Notice of Award: August 15, 2022
- Anticipated Project Start Date: September 1, 2022
Please note that although the deadline to apply for the grants is May 31, states must submit a nonbinding letter of intent to apply by May 2. States that do not submit this letter of intent are not eligible to apply for the funding.
According to the funding announcement, the planning phase will last 16-months. Following the planning phase, as long as the state meets certain requirements, CMS will award supplemental funds to implement the MFP Demonstration in accordance with the MFP Program Terms and Conditions. This supplemental award will occur no later than September 30, 2023 and is anticipated to run through September 30, 2026.
Click here for more information and application instructions.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
Contact Email or Phone:
Geoffrey Ntosi Grants Management Officer Phone 410-786-6070 Geoffrey.Ntosi@cms.hhs.gov