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Ministry of Social Services Announces Funding Opportunity for Home and Community Service Providers to Strengthen Services

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced a funding opportunity for Home and Community Service Providers (HCBS) to enhance and strengthen HCBS programs and services to better serve HCBS participants. Funding applications will be accepted from July 1, 2022.

“DHS is committed to supporting home and community services, and this new funding opportunity will allow HCBS providers to improve services for the people in their care,” said the DHS Acting Secretary. , Meg Snead. “When we invest in the people and organizations that care for our most vulnerable citizens and are able to provide programs and supports that improve the social determinants of health, all Pennsylvanians benefit. I encourage all eligible suppliers to apply for this funding.

DHS will provide up to $40,000 per approved application in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help HCBS providers implement the following service improvement projects:

  • Additional activities to address a participant’s social determinants of health, including:
    • Activities aimed at providing affordable and accessible housing, not including rent and room and board
    • Activities to improve access to competitive embedded employment for participants, including access to benefits counseling or remote technology to support employment
    • Activities to enhance or enhance transportation for CHC and OBRA participants
    • Activities to improve participants’ food insecurity
  • Purchase of remote support technology by vendors, including technology initiatives, that improve transparency and quality assurance for participants, such as providing direct care workers with access to tablets and software that supports meet care needs.
  • Payment for the development and implementation of enhanced training for direct care workers, medical assistance (MA) providers, or both, that will improve training on infection control practices and training for professional development.
  • Purchasing and implementing new software and technologies for electronic health records, or quality or risk management functions, which will allow HCBS suppliers to connect with local hospitals and physicians and ensure real-time communication between the HCBS provider and the participant’s medical providers.

Use of ARPA funding will take the form of reimbursement and is limited to service providers through Community HealthChoices (CHC) and OBRA 1915(c) waivers for activities that complement HCBS services rather than supplant existing services. DHS will approve funding on a one-time basis for each qualified provider and will review and approve submissions in the order in which they are received until the total allocated funding has been exhausted.

Applications for funding applications will be accepted from July 1, 2022 and the application submission period will remain open until December 31, 2022 or until funds are exhausted. Licensed providers then have until July 1, 2023 to spend this funding.

More information is available on the DHS long-term care providers page under “Home and Community Quality Improvement (HCBS) Funding Opportunity”. The funding request is available here for vendors to review, complete and submit beginning July 1, 2022.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brandon Cwalina – [email protected]

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