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DHHS Releases Bridge Funding to Support Individuals Living in Group Homes

 

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
              919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. - Today, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of bridge funding to support individuals living in North Carolina group homes who are no longer eligible for Medicaid-funded Personal Care Services (PCS). To receive bridge funds, each group home must submit information to DHHS about all funding sources to assist the Department in developing a long-term sustainability plan for residents.

"Our primary concern is to ensure stability for individuals who live in group homes," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. "We are actively working with the group home industry to identify short and long term solutions for caring for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities."

In a memo to leaders of the statewide network of local management entity-managed care organizations (LME/MCO), the Department outlined the process for distributing funding. As of January 1, eligibility requirements for PCS changed under state law. In the recently passed budget, Governor McCrory and the General Assembly allocated $4.6 million in one-time funding for supplemental short-term assistance for group homes.

Funding will be provided to group homes with a .5600A and .5600C designation that house individuals who did not qualify for personal care services as of January 1, 2013. The department will allocate funds through the LME/MCOs, which shall distribute monthly payments as directed in Session Law 2013-360:

SL 2013-360 12A.2A.(c)(2): "A group home that receives the monthly payments authorized by this section shall not, under any circumstances, use these payments for any purpose other than providing, as necessary, supervision and medication management for a resident who meets all criteria specified in subsection (b) of this section."

Each group home will receive a monthly payment of $464.30 on behalf of each qualifying resident during fiscal year 2013-2014. Residents are not eligible for bridge funding if a Medicaid appeal has been filed and Maintenance of Service has been granted for PCS. Funding will continue through June 30, 2014 or until funds have been depleted.

The Department of Health and Human Services will be presenting a long-term plan for individuals residing in group homes to the General Assembly by April 2014.

Click here to download the memo.

 

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