As part of the Commonwealth's implementation of the Amended Settlement Agreement in Hutchinson v. Patrick, MassHealth, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the Department of Developmental Disability Services (DDS) operates four home and community-based services waivers. These waivers can help Medicaid-eligible persons with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) transition from nursing and long term rehabilitation facilities to integrated community settings with a variety of services and supports.
Starting April 1, 2014, MassHealth will begin accepting applications for the Money Follows the Person Residential Supports waiver (MFP-RS), with enrollment for the Acquired Brain Injury Residential Habilitation waiver (ABI-RH) scheduled to begin on May 1, 2014. MassHealth will continue to review applications for both waiver programs until all available slots for the 2015 waiver year are filled.
The MFP-RS and ABI-RH waivers provide a range of residential supports for persons who are unable to live in their own homes or the homes of family members, including 24/7 residential programs, assisted living and shared living arrangements. Both waivers also provide a range of community-based services including supported employment, day services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, and specialized medical equipment.
The Money Follows the Person Community Living Waiver (MFP-CL) is designed for persons who wish to live in their own home or apartment (or a family home) with supports, or who are interested in sharing a home with a caregiver/agency they select. Once determined eligible, waiver participants can receive support with housing search activities as part of their transition planning. The MFP-CL waiver has current openings and will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until all available slots for the 2014 and 2015 waiver years are filled.
Individuals may apply directly to one or more of these waiver programs based on their clinical needs and preferences. Brochures describing the services available under each waiver, their respective eligibility criteria, and application forms can be found by visiting the following websites:
Money Follow the Person Waivers:
Acquired Brain Injury Waivers:
Interested applicants and family members can receive assistance in selecting from among these waiver options. Local Transition Entities are available to visit with interested applicants and their families, answer questions about the waiver programs, and help submit necessary application paperwork. The Transition Coordination Contact List provides contact information for these regional Transition Entities. A description of Transition Entities' role and responsibilities for assisting waiver applicants can be found in the Money Follows the Person Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Power Point, dated October 23, 2013.
Interested applicants also can contact the Center for Public Representation at (617) 965-0776 or the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIAMA) at (508) 475-0032 for additional information and support in navigating the waiver process.