Announcement of a Funding Priority for Service Multiple Counties Under the Fiscal Year 2007 New Access Points in High Poverty Counties Grant Opportunity
The President's Health Center Initiative, which began in fiscal year (FY) 2002, was established to significantly impact 1,200 communities by creating new or expanded health center access points. Building on the successes of this Initiative, a second health center initiative has been proposed by the President for FY 2007 to continue to increase access to high quality comprehensive primary health care for the most vulnerable populations in the Nation. The goal of the President's new High Poverty Counties Health Center Initiative is to increase access to primary health care in 200 of the Nation's poorest counties that do not have a health center. This new Initiative is subject to the availability of funds in the FY 2007 Health Center Program appropriation. The President's High Poverty Counties Health Center Initiative contains two components, New Access Point and Planning grants to be funded under the Consolidated Health Center Program, as authorized by section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b, as amended). New Access Point grants will be made for the provision of high quality comprehensive primary and preventive health care services through a new delivery site to a designated medically underserved area or population located in an eligible high poverty county. As part of the Initiative, it is anticipated that the New Access Points in High Poverty Counties grant opportunity will contain a funding priority. A funding priority is defined as the favorable adjustment of combined review scores of individually approved applications when applications meet specified criteria. The adjustment is typically made by a set, pre-determined number of points. For this grant opportunity, a funding priority is planned for applicants proposing to serve multiple counties (i.e., the proposed target population comes from other county(ies) in addition to the eligible high poverty county). Please 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.
HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 99-02
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.
Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME PP)
This document announces a scheduled CHGME PP conference call for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2007. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss new annual reporting requirements as required under Public Law (Pub. L.) 109-307 for children's hospitals participating in the CHGME PP.
Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children; Cancellation: Change of Meeting Date
The Health Resources and Services Administration published a document in the Federal Register of September 22, 2006, regarding a meeting date for the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children. The meeting scheduled for November 2-3, 2006, has been cancelled.
Amendment to a Notice of Availability of Funds for the Service Area Competition Funding for the Consolidated Health Center Program
Funding opportunities for the Service Area Competition (SAC) funding for the Consolidated Health Center Program were published on grants.gov on August 10, 2006 (HRSA Announcement Numbers 07-008, 07- 111, and 07-112). Appendix D of the SAC program guidance (HRSA-07-008) is amended to remove the opportunity in Pierre, South Dakota, with a project period end date of February 28, 2007. Prior to the end of the project period and subsequent projected competition for that service area, the grant was relinquished to another neighboring organization. This is now part of the service area for another grantee in Pierre, South Dakota. The competitive application for that opportunity will now be due December 15, 2006, under HRSA 07-112.
Notification of a Class Deviation of Grants Policy Directive Part 2.04
In accordance with the Grants Policy Directive Part 1.03, the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) has been granted a class deviation from the competition requirements contained in the Grants Policy Directive Part 2.04 to provide an additional year of funding without competition for Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) Initiatives funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.
Notice of Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation
Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the eleventh meeting of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The meeting will be held from approximately 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 2, 2006, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 3, 2006, at the Bethesda DoubleTree Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. The meeting will be open to the public; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged (see below).
Strategy To Support Health Information Technology Among HRSA's Safety Net Providers
HRSA is requesting comments on the future direction and strategy regarding investments in health information technology (HIT) for section 330 grantees and other HRSA safety-net providers through its Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT). OHIT will evaluate all comments received during the public comment period to inform OHIT's policy direction.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; List of Petitions Received
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing this notice of petitions received under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (the Program), as required by Section 2112(b)(2) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. While the Secretary of Health and Human Services is named as the respondent in all proceedings brought by the filing of petitions for compensation under the Program, the United States Court of Federal Claims is charged by statute with responsibility for considering and acting upon the petitions.
Blood Vessels Recovered With Organs and Intended for Use in Organ Transplantation; Withdrawal
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register of May 12, 2006 (71 FR 27606), a direct final rule to amend the regulations to consider as part of an organ those blood vessels recovered with the organ that are intended for use in organ transplantation; and to exclude such blood vessels from the definition of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products. The comment period closed July 26, 2006. HRSA and FDA are withdrawing the direct final rule because FDA received significant adverse comment. The agencies will consider the comments received under our usual procedures for notice and comment in connection with the notice of proposed rulemaking that was published as a companion to the direct final rule (71 FR 27649).
Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority; Correction
The Health Resources and Services Administration published a document in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006, concerning changes to the organization and functions of the Office of the Administrator (RA) and the HIV/AIDS Bureau (RV). The document omitted information regarding movement of the Center for Quality and also erroneously included the Telehealth function within the HIV/AIDS Bureau, which was moved to the Office of Health Information Technology (RT) on 12/27/05 (70 FR 76463-76465).
Notice of availability of Draft Policy Documents for Comment
This is a Notice of Availability and request for comments on certain draft policy documents prepared by HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). HRSA plans to periodically make some draft policy documents (including draft Program Information Notices (PINs)) available for public comment on the Internet at http://bphc.hrsa.gov. Comments will be reviewed and analyzed, and a summary and general response will be published as soon as possible after the deadline for receipt of comments.