Money Follows the Person

Man in a wheelchair in a vanThe Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. Download the coverage map: PDF iconMFP Team Contact Information and Service Area

In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors. Learn more at: Positive Behavioral Supports Training.

AUCD Poster Presentation - Iowa MFP 2017

At the 2017 annual conference for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Iowa's UCED presented this poster. The poster includes program goals and lessons learned, and it provides an update on Iowa MFP outcomes since the program began. To date, 647 people have made the transition into the community, and more than 90% of program participants have completed the MFP transition year, before successfully transitioning to the Brain Injury or Intellectual Disability waiver. Click on the poster to download a pdf for a better look at all the details.

Shane Fetui was just 16 years old in 2000 when he fell and suffered a traumatic brain injury that required three to four months of hospital care, followed by years of searching for the right services and support. Finally, with support from REM Iowa and Iowa’s Money Follows the Person program (MFP), Shane is one of the 647 people who have made the successful transition back to community living. Read Shane’s story: PDF iconShane Fetui - My Story

Four individuals who have made successful transitions to community living through Money Follows the Person share their experiences in a brief video below, titled "Partnership for Community Integration." In the video, they share stories about their new homes, jobs, and activities; their challenges and achievements.

For more information, please contact:

Lindsey Robertson
Money Follows the Person Program
Center for Disabilities and Development
(515) 577-9935 or