Payments to States for Programs to Promote the Hiring and Retention of Nurses at State Veterans Homes

 

In accordance with the provisions of 38 U.S.C. 1744, this part sets forth the mechanism for a State to obtain payments to assist a State Veterans Home (SVH) in the hiring and retention of nurses for the purpose of reducing nursing shortages at that SVH.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.053
Federal Agency/Office
Veterans Health Administration Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay - $51,579.00
Fiscal Year 2017 FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay - $51,579.00
Fiscal Year 2016 FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay - $51,579.00
Authorization
Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief Chapter 1, Part 53, Title 38, Part 53, Section 101
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with SS53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420). The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. (b) As part of the application, the State representative must submit to VA evidence that the State has sufficient funding, when combined with the VA payments, to fully operate its employee incentive program through the end of the fiscal year. To meet this requirement, the State representative must provide to VA a letter from an authorized State official certifying that, if VA were to approve payments under this part, the non-VA share of the funds for the program would be by a date or dates specified in the certification, available for the employee incentive program without further State action to make such funds available. If the certification is based on a State law authorizing funds for the employee incentive program, a copy of the State law must be submitted with the certification. (c) If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.
Beneficiary Eligibility
There are no beneficiary benefits; this applies to a State Veterans Home and not a Veteran.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants are required to submit a complete grant application package according to SS53.20 Application requirements to be considered for an initial grant. and follow SS53.11 General requirements for payments. The Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, will make all determinations regarding payments and will provide written notice to affected State representatives of approvals, denials, or requests for additional information.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. (a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with SS53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420). The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. (b) As part of the application, the State representative must submit to VA evidence that the State has sufficient funding, when combined with the VA payments, to fully operate its employee incentive program through the end of the fiscal year. To meet this requirement, the State representative must provide to VA a letter from an authorized State official certifying that, if VA were to approve payments under this part, the non-VA share of the funds for the program would be by a date or dates specified in the certification, available for the employee incentive program without further State action to make such funds available. If the certification is based on a State law authorizing funds for the employee incentive program, a copy of the State law must be submitted with the certification. (c) If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.
Award Procedure
The Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, will make all determinations regarding payments and will provide written notice to affected State representatives of approvals, denials, or requests for additional information. If the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operation, determines that a submission from a State fails to meet the requirements of this part for funding, the Director shall provide written notice of the decision and the reasons for the decision.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.
Appeals
The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.
Renewals
The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If a State fails to use the funds provided under this part for the purpose for which payment was made or receives more than is allowed under this part, the United States shall be entitled to recover from the State the amount not used for such purpose or the excess amount received.
How are proposals selected?
(a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with SS53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420). The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program.
How may assistance be used?
(a) VA will make payment to a State Veterans Home (SVH) for an employee incentive program to reduce the shortage of nurses at the SVH, when the following conditions are met: (1) The State representative applies for payment in accordance with the provisions of §53.20; (2) The SVH receives per diem payments from VA under the provisions of 38 U.S.C. 1741 for one or more of the following: Adult day health care, domiciliary care, or nursing home care; (3) The SVH has a nursing shortage that is documented by credible evidence, including but not limited to SVH records showing nursing vacancies, SVH records showing nurse overtime use, and reports documenting that nurses are difficult to hire in the local area and difficult to retain as employees at the SVH; (4) The SVH does not use payments under this part to pay for all or part of a nurse's standard employee benefits, such as salary, health insurance, or retirement plan; (5) The SVH provides to the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, documentation establishing that it has an employee incentive program that: (i) Is likely to be effective in promoting the hiring and retention of nurses for the purpose of reducing nursing shortages at that home, and (ii) Is in operation or ready for immediate implementation if VA payments are made under this part; (6) The payment amount applied for by the State is no more than 50 percent of the funding for the employee incentive program during the Federal fiscal year; (7) The SVH employee incentive program includes a mechanism to ensure that an individual receiving benefits under the program works at the SVH as a nurse for a period commensurate with the benefits provided, and, insofar as possible, the program is designed to eliminate any nursing shortage at the SVH within a 3-year period from the initiation of VA payments; (8) The SVH, if it received payments under this part during a previous Federal fiscal year, has met the reporting requirements of §53.31(a) regarding such payments; (9) The SVH credits to its employee incentive program any funds refunded to the SVH by an employee because the employee was in breach of an agreement for employee assistance funded with payments made under this part and the SVH credits the amount returned as a non-Federal funding source; and (10) The project does not involve the construction, acquisition, expansion, remodeling or alteration of the SVH. (b) VA intends to allow flexibility and innovation in determining the types of employee incentive programs at SVHs eligible for payments. Programs could include such things as the provision of short-term scholarships for continuing nursing education, sign-on bonuses for nurses, student loan forgiveness programs, and improvements to working conditions. In determining whether an employee incentive program is likely to be effective, VA will consider any information available, including past performance of the SVH's program funded by payments made under this part.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
(b) A State receiving payment under this part shall also prepare audit reports as required by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards under 2 CFR part 200 and submit them to VA.
Records
All submissions of information and documents required to be presented to VA must be made to the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 50%. The payment amount applied for by the State is no more than 50 percent of the funding for the employee incentive program during the Federal fiscal year.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If a State fails to use the funds provided under this part for the purpose for which payment was made or receives more than is allowed under this part, the United States shall be entitled to recover from the State the amount not used for such purpose or the excess amount received. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Valarie Delanko, RDN, LDN, CPHQ, National State Veterans Home Program Manager for Quality & Oversight (10NC4)
Headquarters Office
Valerie Delanko
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 US
Valarie.Delanko@va.gov
Phone: 814-860-2201
Website Address
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=38:2.0.1.1.24&idno=38#38:2.0.1.1.24.0.373.6
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0160-0-1-703
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 15$113,721.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $113,721.00; - ACC SPW0AP7?1 - The question mark in the ACC is valid and indicates that stations can choose which number they want the ACC to end. Cost Center 8331 for Domiciliary Care Cost Center 8334 for Adult Day Health Care Cost Center 8341 for Nursing Home Care Budget Object Code 5216
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The amount of payments awarded under this part during a Federal fiscal year will be the amount requested by the State and approved by VA in accordance with this part. Payments may not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the employee incentive program for that fiscal year and may not exceed 2 percent of the amount of the total per diem payments estimated by VA to be made under 38 U.S.C. 1741 to the State for that SVH during that fiscal year for adult day health care, domiciliary care, hospital care, and nursing home care.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Accomplishments are defined by each SVH who has received payments with detail about the use of the funds, including a descriptive analysis of how effective the employee incentive program has been in improving nurse staffing in the SVH. This is available in individual annual reports.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay - $51,579.00

 



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