My Place Louisiana - Aging and Adult Services

What is My Place Louisiana?

Under the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS), My Place Louisiana helps physically-disabled and elderly adults transition safely out of facility settings into the community to live more independently in their own homes.

My Place Louisiana uses Medicaid funds that would have paid for eligible individuals to receive care in a nursing home, hospital, or other qualified facility and uses those funds to help establish them in home or community based services.

Is Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration the same thing as My Place Louisiana?

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration (the Demonstration) is a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) grant designed to help states try new ways of delivering Medicaid services.  In Louisiana, the MFP Demonstration is called “My Place Louisiana” which helps people move, or "transition", from qualified institutions into a family home or community-based living setting, such as a house or an apartment.  Louisiana is participating with 41 other states, along with the two territories, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  All states are working toward the same goal of finding ways to assist people using Medicaid long-term care services to live where they want to live and to receive the support and services needed.

What are the goals and purpose of My Place Louisiana?

The goal of My Place Louisiana is to empower eligible seniors and adults with disabilities and their families to live full and rewarding lives on their own terms, while ensuring that they have the resources and support they need to thrive in the community.

What are eligibility requirements for participation in My Place Louisiana?

To be eligible for My Place Louisiana with OAAS a person must:

  • Qualify for Medicaid*
  • Qualify for an OAAS waiver*, such as: Community Choices Waiver or Adult Day Health Care Waiver
  • Currently reside in a nursing facility for at least 60 consecutive days
  • Be transitioning into the community, and
  • Complete the My Place Louisiana Informed Consent (IC) form with a trained IC administrator.

*As determined by Louisiana Medicaid

What assistance and benefits may participants receive through My Place Louisiana with OAAS?

Below are examples of assistance that will be available for people participating in the OAAS My Place program either pre-transition or during the demonstration period (first 365 days post-transition):

Pre-Move Supports

Before a person transitions from an institutional setting to community-based living through My Place Louisiana, several services may be provided.  These can include:

  • Transition Planning: A personalized plan is developed to address the individual’s specific needs and support their successful transition to community living.
  • Coordination of Services: Assistance in coordinating various services to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Housing Assistance: Support in finding affordable and accessible housing in the community that meets the individual’s needs.
  • Training and Education: Coordinate training and education on independent living skills, self-advocacy, and other essential skills for community living.
  • Connection to Resources: Assisting the individual in accessing community resources, support networks, and services available post-transition. 

These services aim to facilitate a successful and sustainable move or transition from institutional settings to community-based living for individuals enrolled in the Money Follows the Person program.

Post-Move Supports

After a successful transition through the My Place Louisiana program, individuals typically continue to receive various services to support their community-based living. 

These services may include:

  • Post Move visits - My Place Transition Coordinators will visit individuals once they have transitioned to determine if planned services are being received and to assist SC and provider, should any problems arise that could result in re-institutionalization. These visits continue through the first 365 days post transition.
  • Transition Maintenance - Funding for post-move activities specifically related to achieving goals or accessing services in the plan of care. Transition Maintenance will only be used when no other resources are available and/or when available resources have failed to address the barrier.
  • Independent Living Skills Training – Continued training and support for developing and maintaining independent living skills.
  • Advocacy Supports – Support for self-advocacy and assistance in navigating community services and systems.

These post-move services are designed to enhance the individual’s quality of life and promote their well-being while living independently in the community.  The specific services provided can vary based on the individual’s needs and the available resources in the community.

What is needed for participation in My Place Louisiana?

The participant, or their legally authorized representative must:

  • Meet all program eligibility requirements;
  • Qualify for My Place Louisiana;
  • Sign the Informed Consent Form(s) for program participation; and
  • Participate in all transition planning.

How does someone enroll in My Place Louisiana?

For more information about enrolling in the OAAS My Place Louisiana program, please contact the OAAS Hotline at  866-758-5035 and choose Option 5.

Is My Place Louisiana only for people who need housing or additional things outside of waiver services?

No, the My Place Louisiana program is not exclusively for individuals in need of housing.  While finding suitable and accessible housing is one aspect of the program, My Place Louisiana is designed to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to community-based living.  The program addresses a range of needs beyond housing.  Its goal is to provide the necessary resources and support to help individuals live safely and independently in the community rather than in institutionalized settings.

The services offered through My Place Louisiana are tailored to the individual’s specific needs, and the program aims to enhance the overall quality of life for those making the transition.  Housing is just one component of the comprehensive support provided to facilitate successful community living. My Place Louisiana can offer assistance in locating housing to assist institutionalized individuals in applying for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Programs and other resources that may be available.

Is there a cost for participants enrolled in My Place Louisiana?

There are no direct costs for participating in the My Place Louisiana program, though eligibility criteria, specific services covered, and funding details can vary.

How do I contact My Place Louisiana staff?

Contact us:

Andrea Cressionnie, OAAS My Place Louisiana Program Manager; 504.532.1739

What if I have additional questions about My Place Louisiana?

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