I am not an attorney. However, I believe the above answer is aimed at the potential recipient of Medicaid placing his or her assets in a Trust. That would require 60 months before the recipient could get Medicaid.
However, if the assets to be protected are an inheritance or money from other family members who wish to help, a Special Needs Trust can be set up. In the past, elderly parents who were concerned about an adult disabled child, would write that child out of the parent's will. The elderly parent would leave the disabled child's portion to a sibling with the promise that the sibling would care for the disabled sister or brother. This was a bad solution at best. If the sisbling who got the disabled person's inheritance, died, or went bankrupt, or was sued, or divorced, etc, - all the funds could be totally lost.
A Special Needs Trust is now a legal solution to caring for the uncovered needs of the disabled adult child. The parent sets up the Trust, names a Trustee and specifies what the Trust will pay for. A Special Needs Trust does not disqualify the disabled son or daughter from Mediacid - just as long as the SNT only pays for things not paid for by Medicaid. Examples can even be a car, or car payments, a house, or mortgage payments, personal items, etc. The Special Needs Trust can also be set up to pay attorney's costs thereby making sure that the disabled heir continues to have access to legal advice and protections. It is a way of providing for one's child without the risks of leaving their inheritance to another family member.It also protects the money from unscrupulous people in the disabled person's life. The SNT can even be set up so that upon the death of the beneficiary, any remaining funds are then distributed to whoever the parent designates. Often this would be the remaining sisters or brothers. A disabled person who is totally dependent on Medicaid in a nursing home can be in a very unpleasant situation. It's a way of providing for the disabled relative without disqualifying him if he needs Medicaid.