In October 2012, New Jersey received federal approval under of an 1115 (a) demonstration waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver. New Jersey's application included a new and better way to help seniors and individuals with disabilities live at home with for as long as possible. Called the Managed Long Term Services and Supports program or MLTSS, the program uses managed care organizations to coordinate support services according to a participant's needs.
Through MLTSS, participants will receive their primary, acute, behavioral and long term care needs through a managed care plan. Previously, these services were coordinated by an agency other than a managed care organization.
The new MLTSS program will begin in July 2014. Current Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in Home and Community Based Services programs such as the AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP); Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD); Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO); or the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs will transition into MLTSS. At this same time, Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing homes will also transition to MLTSS. Since many individuals consider nursing homes as their homes, New Jersey will ensure that individuals who live in Medicaid participating nursing homes can remain.