HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 99-02, 70781 [E6-20556]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 234 / Wednesday, December 6, 2006 / Notices note that this priority will not be given to applicants applying for the Planning opportunity of the High Poverty Counties grant opportunities as Planning grant applicants may not have a defined service area, and will not be providing health services through the grant funding. More detailed information about the funding priority will be included in the funding opportunity guidance. DATES: Please send comments no later than COB January 5, 2007. The comments can be e-mailed to DPDGeneral@hrsa.gov or mailed to Ms. Preeti Kanodia, New Access Point Coordinator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 17–61, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Comments will be incorporated, as appropriate, into the final guidance for the FY 2007 New Access Points in High Poverty Counties funding opportunity, subject to the availability of FY 2007 funds. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Preeti Kanodia, Division of Policy and Development, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration. Ms. Kanodia may be contacted by e-mail at DPDGeneral@hrsa.gov or via telephone at (301) 594–4300. Dated: November 29, 2006. Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–20558 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Proposed Policy: HRSA HAB Policy Notice-99–02, Amendment # 1 Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 99–02 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS. ACTION: Notice of opportunity to provide written comments. PWALKER on PRODPC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Policy Notice 99–02 entitled, The Use of Ryan White CARE Act funds for Housing Referral Services and Shortterm or Emergency Housing Needs, provides grantees with guidance on the use of Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act funds for short-term and emergency housing assistance for persons living with HIV/ AIDS. The current policy does not establish a time limit for such assistance under the Ryan White CARE Act. An amendment to Policy Notice 99–02 is VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Dec 05, 2006 Jkt 211001 proposed, which places a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months on shortterm and emergency housing assistance under the Ryan White CARE Act. This proposed amendment results from an Office of Inspector General audit encouraging HRSA to clarify the definition of short-term housing and emergency housing assistance. This amendment will help align the HRSA definition of short-term housing with the widely accepted program standard used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. This policy becomes effective March 1, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed amendment to HRSA HAB Policy Notice 99–02 establishes a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months use of Ryan White CARE Act funds for short-term and emergency housing assistance. Such assistance is limited to a time period totaling a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months per household. HRSA is seeking comments only on the proposed amendment to HRSA HAB Policy Notice 99–02 notated in bold text below. DATES: Submit written comments no later than February 5, 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to HRSA, HAB, Division of Science and Policy, Attention: LCDR Gettie A. Butts, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7–18, Rockville, Maryland 20857. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LCDR Gettie A. Butts, via e-mail: GButts@hrsa.gov or by writing to the address above. Document Title: The Use of Ryan White CARE Act Funds for Housing Referral Services and Short-term or Emergency Housing Needs. The following policy establishes guidelines for allowable housing-related expenditures under the Ryan White CARE Act. The purpose of all Ryan White CARE Act funds is to ensure that eligible HIV-infected persons and families gain or maintain access to medical care. A. Funds received under the Ryan White CARE Act (Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act) may be used for the following housing expenditures: i. Housing referral services defined as assessment, search, placement, and advocacy services must be provided by case managers or other professional(s) who possess a comprehensive knowledge of local, State, and Federal PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70781 housing programs and how they can be accessed; or ii. Short-term or emergency housing defined as necessary to gain or maintain access to medical care and must be related to either: a. Housing services that include some type of medical or supportive service (a listing of supportive services can be found at http://hab.hrsa.gov/reports/ data2b.htm) including, but not limited to, residential substance abuse or mental health services (not including facilities classified as an Institute of Mental Diseases under Medicaid), residential foster care, and assisted living residential services; or b. Housing services that do not provide direct medical or supportive services but are essential for an individual or family to gain or maintain access to and compliance with HIVrelated medical care and treatment. Necessity of housing service for purposes of medical care must be certified or documented by a case manager, social worker, or other licensed healthcare professional(s). B. Short-term or emergency housing assistance is understood as transitional in nature and for the purposes of moving or maintaining an individual or family in a long-term, stable living situation. Such assistance is limited to a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months per household. Short term or emergency assistance must be accompanied by a strategy to: i. Identify, relocate, and/or ensure the individual or family is moved to a longterm, stable housing; or ii. Identify an alternate funding source for support of housing assistance. C. Housing funds cannot be in the form of direct cash payments to recipients or services and cannot be used for mortgage payments. D. The Ryan White CARE Act must be the payer of last resort. In addition, funds received under the Ryan White CARE Act must be used to supplement but not supplant funds currently being used from local, State, and Federal agency programs. Grantees must be capable of providing HAB with documentation related to the use of funds as payer of last resort and the coordination of such funds with other local, State, and Federal funds. E. Ryan White CARE Act housingrelated expenses are limited to Titles I, II, and IV and are not an allowable expense for Title III. Dated: November 29, 2006. Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–20556 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 99-02

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

ACTION: Notice of opportunity to provide written comments.

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SUMMARY: The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Policy Notice 99-02 entitled, 
The Use of Ryan White CARE Act funds for Housing Referral Services and 
Short-term or Emergency Housing Needs, provides grantees with guidance 
on the use of Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) 
Act funds for short-term and emergency housing assistance for persons 
living with HIV/AIDS. The current policy does not establish a time 
limit for such assistance under the Ryan White CARE Act. An amendment 
to Policy Notice 99-02 is proposed, which places a cumulative lifetime 
period of 24 months on short-term and emergency housing assistance 
under the Ryan White CARE Act.
    This proposed amendment results from an Office of Inspector General 
audit encouraging HRSA to clarify the definition of short-term housing 
and emergency housing assistance. This amendment will help align the 
HRSA definition of short-term housing with the widely accepted program 
standard used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs and the Housing 
Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. This policy becomes 
effective March 1, 2007.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed amendment to HRSA HAB Policy 
Notice 99-02 establishes a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months use 
of Ryan White CARE Act funds for short-term and emergency housing 
assistance. Such assistance is limited to a time period totaling a 
cumulative lifetime period of 24 months per household. HRSA is seeking 
comments only on the proposed amendment to HRSA HAB Policy Notice 99-02 
notated in bold text below.

DATES: Submit written comments no later than February 5, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to HRSA, HAB, Division of 
Science and Policy, Attention: LCDR Gettie A. Butts, 5600 Fishers Lane, 
Room 7-18, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LCDR Gettie A. Butts, via e-mail: 
GButts@hrsa.gov or by writing to the address above.

Proposed Policy: HRSA HAB Policy Notice-99-02, Amendment  1

    Document Title: The Use of Ryan White CARE Act Funds for Housing 
Referral Services and Short-term or Emergency Housing Needs.
    The following policy establishes guidelines for allowable housing-
related expenditures under the Ryan White CARE Act. The purpose of all 
Ryan White CARE Act funds is to ensure that eligible HIV-infected 
persons and families gain or maintain access to medical care.
    A. Funds received under the Ryan White CARE Act (Title XXVI of the 
Public Health Service Act) may be used for the following housing 
expenditures:
    i. Housing referral services defined as assessment, search, 
placement, and advocacy services must be provided by case managers or 
other professional(s) who possess a comprehensive knowledge of local, 
State, and Federal housing programs and how they can be accessed; or
    ii. Short-term or emergency housing defined as necessary to gain or 
maintain access to medical care and must be related to either:
    a. Housing services that include some type of medical or supportive 
service (a listing of supportive services can be found at http://
hab.hrsa.gov/reports/data2b.htm) including, but not limited to, 
residential substance abuse or mental health services (not including 
facilities classified as an Institute of Mental Diseases under 
Medicaid), residential foster care, and assisted living residential 
services; or
    b. Housing services that do not provide direct medical or 
supportive services but are essential for an individual or family to 
gain or maintain access to and compliance with HIV-related medical care 
and treatment. Necessity of housing service for purposes of medical 
care must be certified or documented by a case manager, social worker, 
or other licensed healthcare professional(s).
    B. Short-term or emergency housing assistance is understood as 
transitional in nature and for the purposes of moving or maintaining an 
individual or family in a long-term, stable living situation. Such 
assistance is limited to a cumulative lifetime period of 24 months per 
household. Short term or emergency assistance must be accompanied by a 
strategy to:
    i. Identify, relocate, and/or ensure the individual or family is 
moved to a long-term, stable housing; or
    ii. Identify an alternate funding source for support of housing 
assistance.
    C. Housing funds cannot be in the form of direct cash payments to 
recipients or services and cannot be used for mortgage payments.
    D. The Ryan White CARE Act must be the payer of last resort. In 
addition, funds received under the Ryan White CARE Act must be used to 
supplement but not supplant funds currently being used from local, 
State, and Federal agency programs. Grantees must be capable of 
providing HAB with documentation related to the use of funds as payer 
of last resort and the coordination of such funds with other local, 
State, and Federal funds.
    E. Ryan White CARE Act housing-related expenses are limited to 
Titles I, II, and IV and are not an allowable expense for Title III.

    Dated: November 29, 2006.
Elizabeth M. Duke,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-20556 Filed 12-5-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4165-15-P