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Information Alert: ACL / CMS / VHA Funding Opportunity Announcement

NCIL is pleased to share the following Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from John Wren, Deputy Administrator for Disability and Aging Policy at the Administration for Community Living, on behalf of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

I am pleased to share with you a copy of a Funding Opportunity Announcement that was jointly issued today by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration to assist states in the planning of a No Wrong Door (NWD) System that will make it easier for all populations in need of LTSS to learn about and access the services and supports they need. While most states have already developed programs to improve consumer access to LTSS using various federal grants and authorities, including Aging and Disability Resource Center grants, Money Follows the Person grants, and the Balancing Incentive Program, few states have developed statewide systems that reflect the functional and operational capacity of the NWD System described in this FOA.

Specifically, funds under this FOA are being made available to support state-led 12-month planning projects to identify the actions the state would need to take to successfully implement a NWD System as described in this FOA. The following state agencies must be involved as full partners in co-leading this planning process: the State Medicaid Agency, the State Unit on Aging, and the state agencies that serve or represent the interests of individuals with physical disabilities, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals with behavioral health needs. The planning process must meaningfully involve key external stakeholders including consumers, their advocates, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, local Medicaid agencies, and local organizations that serve or represent the interests of individuals with physical disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and behavioral health needs. The main “deliverable” a funded state will have to provide to the 3 federal partners at the end of the 12-month planning period is a detailed 3-year plan the state will use, pending the availability of additional federal support, to begin transforming the multiple access programs and functions administered across its various LTSS programs into a single statewide NWD System of Access to LTSS for All Populations and All Payers. 

States eligible to compete for funding under this FOA include all states and territories, except the 8 states currently receiving Part A ADRC Grants (CT, MD, MA, NH, OR, VT, WA, WI). Any state agency can serve as the grantee under this FOA. Funding applications are due July 15th. . We are encouraging all eligible states to apply, and we expect to make awards to about 35 states in September.

View the Funding Opportunity Announcement or visit the FOA index.

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John Wren
Deputy Administrator for Disability and Aging Policy
Administration for Community Living
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

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