Affordable Care Act (ACA) Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program (PHCAST)

To train personal and home care aides to provide care in complex health care environments such as home healthcare services, residential care facilities, and private households.

Grants will be made to State entities to conduct demonstration projects for purposes of developing care training competencies
and certification programs for personal and home care aides.

The program would ensure that we have competent personal and home care aides with acquired skills that would be transportable to any job market in the Nation, thus strengthening the direct-care worker workforce.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Renata Thompson, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6193.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Infrastructure training grants are awarded to eligible applicant organizations for projects to strengthen and enhance the capacity of personal and home care aide training programs.

This will enable individuals to enter into a personal and/or home care aide position.

Funds may be used for the development, evaluation, and demonstration of training programs for personal and/or home care aides on-campus, at alternate sites, and through distance education methodologies.

Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training grants to organizations other than state, local or Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants may be made to applicants from any of the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and America Samoa, as well as Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible entities from any of the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and America Samoa.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Health Law 111-148, Section 5507(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Competing and competing continuation grant applications are submitted for three (3) years of support. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

1.

Submit a Financial Report.

A financial report is required within 90 days of the end of each budget period.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year.



2.

Submit a Progress Report(s).


All Bureau of Health Professions grantees are required to submit a progress report to HRSA on an annual basis.

This report entitled, "BHPr Progress Report," has two parts.

The first part demonstrates grantee progress on program-specific goals.

The second part collects core performance measurement data to measure the Bureau s progress through its grantees in: (1) improving the distribution, diversity, and quality of the healthcare workforce, (2) improving the educational environment infrastructure, and (3) increasing students selection of primary care education.

Progress reports are generally due in August each year and must be submitted on-line by grantees in the Electronic Handbooks system at https://grants.hrsa.gov/webexternal/home.asp.

3.

Submit a Final Report.
All BHPr grantees are required to submit a final report within 90 days after the project period ends.

The final report collects program-specific goals, core performance measurement data, grantee objectives and accomplishments, barriers encountered, and responses to summary questions regarding the grantee s overall experiences over the entire project period.

The final report must be submitted on-line by grantees in the Electronic Handbooks system at https://grants.hrsa.gov/webexternal/home.asp.

Submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System.

The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant.

The FFR Cash Transaction Reports must be filed within 30 days of the end of each quarter.

Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access award funds.

Go to www.dpm.psc.gov for additional information.

See above.

A financial report is required within 90 days of the end of each budget period.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year.

See above for additional information.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550 - TAFS: 75-0350-2010.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $5,000,000; FY 11 est $5,000,000 - Newly created program in FY 2010.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Up to $750,000 per grantee; Approximately 6 new awards.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Renata Thompson, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6193.

Headquarters Office

Renata Thompson, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, Maryland 20895 Phone: (301) 443-6193.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Competing applications are reviewed by nonfederal review panels for technical merit recommendations. Approval of an application will be based on an analysis of the factors set forth in the application. See the section on Application Review in the application guidance.



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