Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a state project that helps NC Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians living in inpatient facilities move into their own homes and communities with supports.

In 2018, NC MFP partnered with Mercer to conduct a transition sustainability analysis. The results of the analysis, and the 58 recommendations for future modifications, can be accessed on the Final Report and Recommendation documents. 

As the NC MFP project moves forward we will be providing updates on various program and policy changes on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Check back regularly for changes.  


NC Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project, in partnership with the Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (Cares) at the UNC-CH School of Social Work, has received funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand capacity for Home- and Community-Based Services through community organizations. The funding will provide each of four select community groups (already identified through a competitive bid process) up to $150,000 per contract year to develop and implement initiatives using the collective impact framework. Cares is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities and their families in North Carolina. Any questions about the grant should be directed to Steve Strom, Project Director for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project.


Money Follows the Person Application
Fax the application and Informed Consent Form to 919-882-1664

MFP Information Sheet

What is an LCA?

Learn more about local contact agencies

Objectives and Benefits

Client Success Stories


  • Increase the use of home and community-based services (HCBS)
  • Eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict Medicaid-eligible individuals from receiving long-term care in the settings of choice
  • Ensure continued provision of HCBS to those individuals who choose to transition from institutions
  • Provide quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of HCBS with supports


Financial assistance to purchase items and services needed to transition. These include:

  • Security deposits
  • Utility startup expenses
  • Furniture
  • Accessibility modifications
  • One-time items and services that may be required to transition

Professional Development Opportunities

NC Community Transitions Institute 

The NC Community Transitions Institute (“The Institute”) is a hands-on, collaborative learning opportunity for professionals who support individuals with long-term care needs to transition from facility settings to their homes and communities. The program is designed to bring together diverse stakeholders who support transitioning individuals and to develop best practices throughout the lifecycle of a transition.

The Institute builds off existing person-centered thinking and motivational interviewing principles. However, The Institute furthers these principles and provides practical strategies for applying the principles in a transition context. The goals of The Institute include:

  1. Provide quality content that is immediately relevant to the practice of supporting a transitioning individual.
  2. Strengthen Institute members’ knowledge of, and utilization of, person-centered practices using collaborative communication techniques inspired by motivational interviewing in transition specific contexts.
  3. Foster professional collaboration and networking among Institute members.
  4. Deliver a learning opportunity that enhances organizational capability to support person-centered transition practices.
  5. Develop leadership competencies to sustain quality transition practices.
  6. Generate clear recommendations for developing and advancing a Transition Policy Agenda.

For information contact Tracy Pakornsawat

Transition Coordination and Program Operations

Contact Us:

Phone: 855-761-9030
Fax: 919-882-1664

  • Steve Strom, Project Director
  • Diana Baker, Assistant Project Director
  • Tara Tyson, Budget & Contracts Manager  
  • Eric Fox, Field Director
  • Heather Hollingsworth-McDuffie, Transition Coordinator 
  • Karen Troup-Galley, Community Inclusion Consultant
  • Tracy Pakornsawat, Professional Development Coordinator
  • Laura Ross, Data Coordinator
  • Maria Mondragon, MFP Applications Coordinator
  • Jenni Edwards, Transitions Services Coordinator

The project described (MFP) was supported by Funding Opportunity Number 03-017-00-108 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

This page was last modified on 06/20/2023