Through an agreement with the NYS Department of Health’s Money Follows the Person Federal Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP), the Justice Center helps individuals in institutions overcome barriers to returning to community-based settings. In many cases, assistive technology devices and services permit persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities.
With funds made available through the MFP Program, the state’s 12 Regional TRAID Centers purchase devices for loan and demonstration including portable ramps and shower chairs. The device loan program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages and disabilities to borrow AT devices for longer term use or try out a device before making a purchase.
The program also makes loaner devices available to individuals when their own device is being repaired or a new device is on order. Individuals in the process of transitioning from a nursing home to the community who are unable to purchase devices through Medicaid or other insurance programs while still residing in a nursing home are able to access a loaner device through a TRAID center, thus reducing any delay or hardship to both the consumer and caregiver.