Bridge To Independence

Bridge to Independence (B2I) helps people move from qualified institutions to homes in the community. It is a federal Money Follows the Person demonstration grant funded in partnership by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.

Bridge to Independence is offered through the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and is for older adults (65+) and persons with physical, mental, developmental, or intellectual disabilities who have lived in a qualified institution for at least 90 days who wish to explore community living options.

A Community Navigator will visit qualified residents of nursing homes or intermediate care facilities (ICF/IID) who wish to explore community living options. Community Navigators will work with residents and/or caregivers, facilities, community providers, and others to develop a transition plan through the person-centered planning process.

B2I transition services are available 365 days following discharge from a qualified facility. After that qualified individuals continue to receive regular Medicaid services.

B2I services include:

• Transition Care Management
• Housing Start-Up Costs
• Transportation
• Extended Pharmacy Benefits
• Durable Medical Equipment
• Caregiver and Peer Support
• Life Skills Training
• Safety Planning

The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.

For more information about this program please contact Gretta Ingram gingram@smpdd.com or 228-868-2311.

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