Georgia COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Assisted Living Communities and Personal Care Homes Grant to Provide $47 Million to Approved Facilities | Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Assisted living communities and personal care homes in Georgia will be eligible for up to $100,000 in grants to reimburse COVID-related expenses. Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced he would award more than $217 million to eligible healthcare facilities as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), which was signed into law by Congress on March 11, 2022. Of the $217 million, $47 million of this grant (up to $100,000 per facility) will be awarded to assisted living communities and personal care homes with 25 beds or more to help prevent and mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19.1 ARPA is the sixth COVID-19 relief bill signed into law and is providing approximately $1.9 trillion in assistance, including $17.4 billion to Georgia (the “Funding”).

Supported Living Communities and Personal Care Homes Grant Program for COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation

The grant program will be available through state and local coronavirus fiscal stimulus funds provided for in ARPA legislation and will provide reimbursement for expenses incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 1, 2022. Assisted Living Communities and personal care homes with 25 or more beds licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health (“DCH”) are eligible to apply.

Expense reimbursement requests are limited to those resulting from compliance with the Section 4.0 Testing Requirements and Section 6.0 Tips or Considerations for Assisted Living Communities and Personal Care Homes of Long-Term Care Facilities Administrative Order (last updated October 6, 2021) issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health.2 Here are some examples of eligible expenses:

  • antigen, PCR and serological tests;
  • mandatory baseline testing for residents and direct care staff;
  • purchases of personal protective equipment;
  • support for isolation or quarantine; and
  • improved ventilation.

As a condition of receiving the grant, institutions will be required to provide documentation to support the expense claim and certify that the expenses were necessary for the prevention or mitigation of COVID-19 at their institution. In addition, the institution must certify that grant proceeds will not be used to reimburse expenses that have been reimbursed by other sources or that other sources are obligated to reimburse.

In preparation for the grant process, institutions should visit the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (“OPB”) website for next steps.3 4 Providers in each community must register for a Unique Entity ID (generated by SAM.gov and also referred to as a SAM number) and complete a Terms and Conditions Agreement for this grant program in order to begin submitting grant applications. refund. Community touchpoints should have received a terms and conditions email the week of March 14, 2022 from [email protected] This email contained an agreement requiring the signature of an authorized official to accept the terms of the reward. A list of eligible assisted living communities and personal care homes with more than 25 beds and their primary contact is available for review on the OPB website.

[1] Governor Kemp awards more than $217 million to eligible healthcare facilities for COVID-19 efforts announcement available at https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2022-03-11/gov-kemp -awards-more-217m-eligible-healthcare-facilities-covid-19-efforts (last accessed 28 April 2022).

[2] Georgia Department of Public Health Long-Term Care Facilities Administrative Order (last updated October 6, 2021) available at https://dph.georgia.gov/administrative-orders (last accessed April 28, 2022).

[3] OPB COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation ALC/PCH 25+ Grant webpage available at https://opb.georgia.gov/covid-19-prevention-and-mitigation-assisted-living-communities-and-personal-care-homes – 25 beds (last access April 28, 2022).

[4] On March 17-23, 2022, the OPB partnered with the Georgia Senior Living Association to share an informational webinar in preparation for grant applications for Assisted Living Communities and ARPA Personal Care Homes COVID-19 Prevention & Mitigation with 25 beds + Grant (ALC / PCH 25+). This webinar and related presentation materials can be viewed at https://www.gasla.org/covid-19-mitigation-alcpch-25-grant.html (last accessed April 28, 2022).

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