DHHR announces eligibility expansion to Take Me Home Program to help more West Virginians in nursing homes move back home

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More qualifying individuals living in nursing homes in West Virginia will be given the opportunity to move back into their own homes and apartments in their community through changes in eligibility for the state’s Take Me Home Transition Program, the DHHR announced on Monday.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Medical Services recently announced federal changes to the Take Me Home Transition program to expand program eligibility to more residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

A press release from the DHHR stated that the Take Me Home Transition Program, a federally funded Money Follows the Person program, has been reauthorized by the United States Congress for an extension of three years. DHHR officials said the program assists qualifying individuals who are currently living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in moving back into their own homes and apartments in the community.

The release stated that prior to the recent reauthorization, individuals only qualified for the Take Me Home Transition Program if they had lived in a nursing or other long-term care facility for 90 consecutive days. This new authorization, which was signed into law as part of a coronavirus relief bill in December 2020, lowers this requirement to 60 days, according to the release.

“This change will allow us to help individuals who wish to transition out of long-term care facilities even sooner,” said Take Me Home Transition Program Director Marcus Canaday. “This is an important change, especially in light of the coronavirus global health emergency.”

Since the program was launched in West Virginia in 2013, the Take Me Home Transition Program has helped more than 470 individuals transition back into the community, the release stated. At least 294 of those individuals have successfully remained in the community for at least 365 days.

For more information on the Take Me Home Transition Program, individuals can call 1-855-519-7557 or visit TMHWV.org.

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