Georgia COVID-19 Prevention and Remediation Assisted Living Communities and Personal Nursing Homes Grant to Provide $ 47 Million for Licensed Facilities | Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Georgia COVID-19 Prevention and Remediation Assisted Living Communities and Personal Nursing Homes Grant to Provide $ 47 Million for Licensed Facilities |  Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Georgia COVID-19 Prevention and Remediation Assisted Living Communities and Personal Nursing Homes Grant to Provide $ 47 Million for Licensed Facilities | Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Georgia-backed housing communities and personal care homes will be eligible for up to $ 100,000 in grant funding to reimburse COVID-related expenses. Georgia’s Gov. Brian P. Kemp has announced that he will allocate over $ 217 million to eligible health 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 funding (up to $ 100,000 per facility) will be allocated to approved nursing homes and personal care homes with 25 or more beds to help prevent and mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19.1 ARPA is the sixth COVID-19 relief law passed, providing approximately $ 1.9 trillion in aid, of which $ 17.4 billion goes to Georgia (the “Funding”).

COVID-19 Grant Program for the Prevention and Mitigation of Assisted Living Communities and Personal Nursing Homes

The grant program will be available through Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which are provided for in ARPA legislation and will allow reimbursement for expenses incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 1, 2022. Assisted Living Communities and Personal Care Homes with 25 beds or more licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health (“DCH”) are eligible to apply.

Requests for reimbursement of expenses are limited to those resulting from compliance Section 4.0 Test Requirements and Guidance or section 6.0 Considerations for nursing homes and personal care homes of Executive Order for long-term care facilities (last updated October 6, 2021) issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health.2 Examples of eligible costs include:

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

As a condition of receiving grant funding, facilities must provide evidence to support the request for reimbursement of expenses and confirm that the expenses were necessary to prevent or remedy COVID-19 in their facility. In addition, the facility must certify that the grant proceeds will not be used to reimburse expenses that have been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are required to reimburse.

In preparation for the grant process, facilities should visit the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (“OPB”) website for the next steps.3 4 Providers for each community must register for a unique device ID (generated by SAM.gov and also referred to as the SAM number) and complete a terms and conditions for this grant program to begin submitting refund requests. Community contact points should have received an email with terms and conditions in the week of March 14, 2022 from [email protected] This email contained an agreement that requires the signature of an authorized official to accept the terms of the award. A list of eligible nursing homes and personal care homes with over 25 beds and their primary contact is available for review on OPB’s website.

[1] Gov. Kemp distributes more than 217 million. USD for eligible health facilities for the COVID-19 effort Message 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 28 April 2022).

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

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

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