Homeward Bound Program

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Enrollment in the Homeward Bound/Money Follows the Person demonstration project has ended at this time.

Please call the Maine Long-term Care Ombudsmen Program (800) 499-0229 or (207) 621-1079 if you have questions or need assistance.

Homeward Bound, Maine’s Money Follows the Person program, is a demonstration project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created to assist residents of nursing homes to return to the community. The project also hopes to identify how best to help people transition back to the community and to improve Maine’s long-term care system. The Ombudsman Program is the Referral and Advocacy Manager for Homeward Bound. The Ombudsman Program meets with anyone interested in Homeward Bound to explain the program, help them apply and if they are accepted, act as their advocate throughout the transition planning process.

The Ombudsman Program’s role as advocates for long-term care consumers makes our participation in Homeward Bound a natural fit for the program and one that benefits Homeward Bound participants.


To be eligible, individuals:

  • Must be 18 or older,
  • Have resided in a nursing home or hospital for 90 days by time of discharge,
  • Received MaineCare for at least one day in this setting,
  • Qualify for nursing home level of care in the community, and
  • Plan to move to a qualified residence.

The Homeward Bound team will assist in creating an individualized transition plan. A Transition Coordinator, chosen by the participant, will work with the participant to identify the team. The team will work together to understand the participant’s needs and create a plan for a transition back to the community.

Homeward Bound participants will receive support in accessing home and community based services as well as demonstration services including specialized clinical assessments, independent living assistance, household start-up, enhanced care coordination, technology services and more.


Enrollment in the Homeward Bound/Money Follows the Person demonstration project has ended at this time.

For more information about Homeward Bound or to make a referral please contact the Maine Long-term Care Ombudsmen Program at (800) 499-0229 or (207) 621-1079. 

Homeward Bound is overseen by the Office of Aging & Disability Services, Maine Department of Health & Human Services, 41 Anthony Ave. SHS #11, Augusta, ME 04330, (207) 287-9200.

Other Information

View a YouTube video produced by AlphaOne describing one of their clients who has used the Homeward Bound program…


Revised 03/02/2021