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Bridge to Independence

B2I logoBridge 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.

Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for persons with intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.

Who is Eligible for Bridge to Independence?

Bridge to Independence 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, excluding rehabilitation days paid by Medicare. At least one of the 90 days must be Medicaid paid. The resident also must qualify for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services.

Bridge to Independence Services

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

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.

Residents can express an interest in returning to the community during quarterly and annual reviews. Self referrals will be accepted at any time.

Bridge to Independence Resources

B2I forms are available below. Do not email forms; to protect resident confidentiality in accordance with HIPPA, submit referral forms via secure fax at (601) 359-6294. If you do not have access to a fax or otherwise need assistance in completing or submitting the form, call the Bridge to Independence for assistance.

Note: use the B2I Initial Referral Form to refer yourself or to make a referral on someone’s behalf.


Title File Name Caption Date
B2I Initial Referral Form B2I-_InitialReferralApp.pdf B2I Initial Referral Form December 13, 2013 9:36 pm
B2I Consent to Participate B2I_ConsentParticipate.pdf B2I Consent to Participate December 13, 2013 9:41 pm
B2I Quality of Life Contact Information B2I_NatQualityofLife.pdf B2I Quality of Life Contact Information December 13, 2013 9:42 pm
B2I Surrogacy Verification B2I_SurrogacyVerification.pdf B2I Surrogacy Verification December 13, 2013 9:43 pm
B2I Bill of Rights B2I_BillRights.pdf B2I Bill of Rights December 13, 2013 9:44 pm
B2I Discharge B2I_Discharge.pdf B2I Discharge December 13, 2013 9:45 pm
B2I Household Goods and Furnishings Worksheet B2I_HouseholdWorksheet.pdf B2I Household Goods and Furnishings Worksheet December 13, 2013 9:46 pm
B2I Provider Procedure Manual B2I_ProviderManual.pdf B2I Provider Procedure Manual December 13, 2013 9:50 pm
B2I Quality of Life Consent B2I_NatQualityConsent.pdf January 30, 2015 10:24 pm

Bridge to Independence Contacts

If you have questions regarding B2I or need more information, contact the Office of Community Based Services:

Office Director, Kristi Plotner, LCSW
Project Director, Charles R. Terry
Assistant Project Director, Jennifer J. Fulcher

Phone: 601-359-6013
Toll-Free: 800-421-2408

Mississippi Division of Medicaid
Bridge to Independence
Walter Sillers Building
550 High Street, Suite 1000
Jackson, MS 39201