State Planning Grants

SUMMARY

HRSA announces the award of a one-time extension in the amount of $54,244 each to four State Planning Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities (DD) grants. The purpose of the program is to support states in the planning and development of activities that are designed to improve state systems of care for children and youth with ASD and related DDs and increase access to comprehensive coordinated health care. Grantees develop comprehensive, measurable state plans in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders that outline an approach to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other DDs. The purpose of this notice is to award a one-time, 12-month extension to ensure the completion of activities and an orderly phase out of HRSA support.

 
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Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 178 (Tuesday, September 15, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 178 (Tuesday, September 15, 2015)

Notices

Pages 55372-55373

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2015-23125

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration

State Planning Grants

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of class deviation from competition requirement for one-

time extension for the State Planning Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities (DD) Grant Program.

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SUMMARY: HRSA announces the award of a one-time extension in the amount of $54,244 each to four State Planning Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities (DD) grants. The purpose of the program is to support states in the planning and development of activities that are designed to improve state systems of care for children and youth with ASD and related DDs and increase access to comprehensive coordinated health care. Grantees develop comprehensive, measurable state plans in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders that outline an approach to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other DDs. The purpose of this notice is to award a one-time, 12-month extension to ensure the completion of activities and an orderly phase out of HRSA support.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Intended Recipients of the Awards: University of Arkansas System, University of Massachusetts, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Amount of Each Non-Competitive Award: $54,244.

Period of Low-Cost Extension Funding: 9/1/2015-8/31/2016.

CFDA Number: 93.110.

Authority: Public Health Service Act, Sec. 399BB (42 U.S.C. 280i-

1) and the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-416), as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-32) and the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631; Pub. L. 113-157).

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Justification: The State Planning Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities (DDs) grant program (hereafter referred to as State Planning Grants) is authorized by the Public Health Service Act, Sec. 399BB (42 U.S.C. 280i-1) and the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-416), as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-32) and the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631; Pub. L. 113-157). The purpose of the program is to support states in the planning and development of activities that are designed to improve state systems of care for children and youth with ASD and related DDs and increase access to comprehensive coordinated health care. Grantees develop comprehensive, measurable state plans in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders that outline an approach to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD and other DDs.

State Planning Grants support state efforts to improve infrastructure that results in community and state systems that are integrated across service sectors and are collectively responsible for achieving appropriate individual, family, and community outcomes. To ensure that the capacity and infrastructure continue in these important areas, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is requesting a one-time extension for completion of activities and an orderly phase-out of HRSA support. The additional funds and time will allow the grantees to complete their planning and strengthen their partnerships with the stakeholders who will be critical in implementing a comprehensive, coordinated system of health care for children and youth with ASD and DD. The current State Planning Grant awardees continue to achieve the original goals required by HRSA; however, the additional funding and time will allow awardees to complete their project activities. The impact of not granting this one-time extension would be to interrupt the activities of the State Planning Grant awardees and not allow them to complete their state planning.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CDR Deidre Washington-Jones, MPH, CHES, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-103, Rockville, Maryland 20857; dwashington-jones@hrsa.gov.

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Current Revised FY 2014 FY 2015

Grantee/organization name Grant No. State project end project end Authorized Estimated

date date funding level funding level

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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SYSTEM................ H6MMC26243 AR 8/31/2015 8/31/2016 $75,000 $54,244

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS.................. H6MMC26244 MA 8/31/2015 8/31/2016 75,000 54,244

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPT H6MMC26245 NH 8/31/2015 8/31/2016 75,000 54,244

OF.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT H6MMC26246 TX 5/31/2016 8/31/2016 75,000 54,244

HOUSTON.

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Dated: September 4, 2015.

James Macrae,

Acting Administrator.

FR Doc. 2015-23125 Filed 9-14-15; 8:45 am

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