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Money Follows the Person - Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (MFP-PRTF) Services Program

The MFP-PRTF program was developed to assist in funding and managing home and community-based supports for people moving from qualified institutions to the community.

For information on the MFP program for adults, please click here.

In 2012, Indiana was approved to expand the MFP-PRTF program and to begin assisting youths residing in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF). Not every youth who resides in or discharges from a PRTF will qualify for the MFP-PRTF program.

The MFP-PRTF program is completely voluntary and is not required for a youth who discharges from an institution or facility. A youth who meets the following requirements may be considered for the MFP-PRTF program:

Age Requirements

  • Must have achieved their sixth birthday prior to application.
  • Must not have achieved their eighteenth birthday prior to application.

Medicaid Requirements

  • Must be eligible for Indiana Medicaid services.
  • Must be receiving Indiana Medicaid services at least one day prior to discharge.

Institutional Residency

  • Must currently reside in an MFP-defined Qualified Institutional Setting.
  • Must have consecutively resided in MFP-defined Qualified Institutional Setting(s) for at least 90 days.

Level of Care

  • Must have a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment completed no more than 90 days before the application (Click here to go to the DARMHA website).
  • Must have a CANS behavioral recommendation of 4, 5, or 6.

Once enrolled in the MFP-PRTF program, the MFP program ensures that the discharge from the institution and return to the community is safe and satisfactory. The program works with the participant utilizing a person-centered planning approach and Wraparound principles to identify needs, and services and supports for each individual youth.

About MFP-PRTF Services Before Discharge from the PRTF

A youth cannot qualify for the MFP program if they are not residing in an MFP-defined Qualified Institutional Setting.

Before leaving the PRTF, an MFP transition team works with the youth to identify needs and possible supports, as well as discuss the changes that will occur in the participant's life once they leave the institution. This is referred to as ‘transition services’. To ensure that the youth’s return to the community is safe and satisfactory, the MFP transition team works with a community-based Wraparound Facilitator to develop a plan specific to each youth. The plan describes what resources and funding sources (including MFP and Medicaid) that the youth and family will have access to and will utilize for medical, rehabilitative, home health, and other services in the community.

About MFP-PRTF Services During the Participation Period

An Indiana MFP participant enters the Participation Period of the program on the day they are discharged from the qualifying institution and begin living in the community. Each participant has an MFP-funded Wraparound Facilitator that coordinates and manages the variety of services and supports the participant will be receiving.

Youths participating in the MFP program will have access to several MFP-funded services based upon their individual needs. In addition, all MFP participants have access to Medicaid state plan services based on existing Medicaid criteria.

MFP-funded home and community-based services are dependent upon the youth’s individualized service plan, created by the Wraparound Facilitator and authorized by the Division of Aging.

MFP-PRTF Providers

All transition services provided to youth are provided by the contracted provider of Transitional Services for the Indiana Money Follows the Person program.

All Wraparound Facilitation and any MFP-funded home and community-based services provided to youth during the MFP Participation Period are provided by companies that have been approved jointly by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and the Division of Aging.

As of October 2012, the CA-PRTF Demonstration Grant service providers, who met specific standards set forth by DMHA, became MFP-PRTF service providers. However, as needed to support this limited services program, additional child service agencies and providers may continue to be recruited to become MFP-PRTF service providers. Click here to learn more about becoming a MFP-PRTF Service Provider.

To learn more about becoming a MFP service provider for youths, contact the DMHA Youth Provider Certification Specialist (Email).