Tracking data on assisted living communities as one of the projects receiving technical assistance from national nonprofits to initiate or expand initiatives funded by the federal COVID-19 Relief Fund. , efforts to retain workers and encourage planning for long-term care.
Through ADvancing States, the ARPA HCBS TA Collective worked with Wisconsin, Michigan, Delaware, Colorado, and Alabama in January to provide technical assistance to HCBS-related projects funded by state-distributed U.S. Relief Plans Act funds. started to provide.
In Wisconsin, which received $2.5 billion in ARPA funding, the State Department of Health Services partnered with technical assistance teams to strengthen HCBS programs, address direct care worker issues, and delay the need for long-term care. formulate a strategy for
Specifically, Badger State wants to make it easier to collect and track data on assisted living environment certifications. With the help of the technical assistance team, the state will create an online tracking system for qualifying one- and two-bed adult housing and a secure online system for verifying potential HCBS configuration providers. are planning
Michigan will receive help to expand Medicaid eligibility. The state will also help design the “Own Your Future” long-term care campaign to raise public awareness about the need for people to plan for their long-term care needs in the future.
In Delaware, the Technical Assistance Team has awarded $5 million in HCBS Innovation Pilot Grants to providers, advocacy groups, or other entities to fund and evaluate new ways to deliver effective HCBS services. support the design and implementation of The areas of focus for the grants are workforce retention, health-related social needs, access to technology that enhances independence, and family caregiver support. Each pilot project may receive up to $250,000 in funding.
Colorado has a long-term plan to sustain its investment in HCBS. Technical assistance consultants can also help states evaluate which pilot programs should continue.
Technical assistance is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Care for All with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund, Milbank Memorial Fund, and SCAN Foundation.
This project builds on previous technical assistance funding rounds from October 2021 to June 2022, with the ARPA HCBS TA Collective supporting over 30 states in the ARPA HCBS initiative. ARPA was signed in March 2021 and he provided $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus aid to the pandemic recovery program.