Provider Notice Issues 07/06/2017

Money Follows the Person Demonstration: Illinois Pathways to Community Living Program  

​TO: ​All Enrolled Medical Providers
DATE: ​July 6, 2017
RE: ​​Money Follows the Person Demonstration: Illinois Pathways to Community Living Program

This notice provides important information regarding the Money Follows the Person Demonstration: Pathways to Community Living (MFP Pathways) Program’s referrals and transitions.  

MFP Pathways was developed under the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, which was authorized by the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and extended under Section 2403 of the Affordable Care Act. MFP Pathways supports state long term care rebalancing by assisting eligible individuals to move from qualifying long term care facilities to community settings. 

MFP Pathways referrals will no longer be accepted after June 30, 2017. MFP Pathways transitions to community settings will not be initiated after December 31, 2017. MFP Pathways participants who transition to the community before December 31, 2017 will receive 365 days of post-transition services.  

Although the MFP Pathways program is ending, Illinois remains committed to rebalancing the Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) system. To facilitate the identification and assessment process of institutional residents interested in returning to the community, the current online MFP referral webpage will remain operational and supported by Healthcare and Family Services after June 30, 2017.   

Nursing Facilities are mandated to submit referrals to the above-referenced referral page for facility residents who respond, “Yes” to MDS-Q0500B. 42 CFR 483.20 requires Nursing Facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs to complete the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment on all residents at admission and on a regularly prescribed schedule thereafter. MDS- Q0500B is used to record the resident’s response to the question, “Do you want to talk to someone about the possibility of returning to the community?”

All referrals for Cook County Nursing Facility residents under the Colbert Consent decree should continue to be made to the MFP referral webpage  

Online referrals may also be submitted by the residents, family members, friends, Long Term Care Ombudsmen, and other individuals familiar with the facility resident’s preferences.

Referrals received through the online referral system are directed to the appropriate State agency for follow-up and to determine if the residents’ needs may be met in the community.

Questions regarding this notice can be sent to the Bureau of Long Term Care at 


Felicia F. Norwood






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