HHS Grants to States Address Several Issues
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Sept. 28 announced several grant awards to help states address a number of health-related issues. A summary of the awards appears below.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will award $64 million in new grants to 37 states and one U.S. territory to develop programs for people with disabilities. The grants include: $40.8 million to help states improve community-based long term care programs; $7.6 million to boost state personal assistance services; $11.1 million to help states shift individuals from nursing facilities to the community; and $4.9 million to provide technical assistance, training and information to states, residents and organizations (HHS release, 9/28).
- HHS will award $27 million in grants to eight states and Puerto Rico to support youth substance abuse prevention programs. Grant recipients will receive about $3 million this year and similar awards in each of the next two years (HHS release, 9/28).
- HHS will award $23.7 million in social services grants to six states and the District of Columbia -- areas affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Recipients may use the grants, part of the $126 million in disaster relief funding that HHS announced on Sept. 21, to provide emergency food and shelter, assistance for those with disabilities, special child welfare services and child care (HHS release, 9/28).
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