Compliance Corner May 2021

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM HRSA

Updated Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol

HRSA uses the Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol (SVP) to assess compliance with Health Center Program requirements for all Operational Site Visits (OSVs) and Look-Alike (LAL) Initial Designation (ID) Site Visits.

After collecting feedback over the past year about the SVP and the site visit process from stakeholders, we are making updates to increase the SVP’s effectiveness, clarity, consistency, and transparency. See a summary of key changes. We are not changing the Health Center Program Compliance Manual.

The updated SVP will be effective for all OSVs and LAL ID visits that start after Friday, May 28. Federal representatives have contacted site visit teams and health centers with visits scheduled between Monday, May 31, and Friday, July 30, regarding the updated protocol. We will post the updated SVP and all related site visit tools online on Thursday, May 27. Please contact your Project Officer with specific questions.

 

American Rescue Plan – Funding for Construction and Renovation Projects at Health Centers

 

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, HHS announced the availability of $1 billion for HRSA-Health Center Program funded health centers to support major construction and renovation projects across the country. The funding builds on President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equity in access to COVID-19 response efforts and high quality primary health care services.

 

Health centers that receive this funding will be able to use it for COVID-19 related capital needs and to construct new facilities, renovate and expand existing facilities, and purchase new equipment. Read the press release.

 

Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24. Visit the American Rescue Plan funding for Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements technical assistance (TA) webpage for award submission guidance, information about upcoming question and answer sessions, and other resources.

 

Join the general overview session for applicants:

 

Thursday, May 6

2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Join the day of the session

If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864

When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 936 3792

 

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