Refugee and Entrant Assistance_State Administered Programs

 

The Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance program reimburses states for the cost of cash and medical assistance provided to refugees, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants during the first eight months after their arrival in this country or grant of asylum. Reimbursement is also provided for care of unaccompanied refugee minors and grantee administrative costs. Social Services formula funding may be used for employment and other social services for same population for five years after their date of arrival or grant of asylum.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.566
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY2014, CMA grants were awarded to 46 states. There was 50 Social Services grants to states and Wilson Fish. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY2015, CMA grants awarded to 46 states. There will be 50 Social Services grants to states and Wilson/Fish . Fiscal Year 2016: In FY2016, it is projected that CMA grants awarded to 46 states. There will be 50 Social Services grants to states and Wilson/Fish .
Authorization
Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, Section 501(a), Public Law 96-422, 94 Stat. 1799, 8 U.S.C 1522 note; Refugee Act of 1980, Section 412, Public Law 96-212, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C 1522; William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Section 212-235, Public Law 110-457; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State agencies, State Replacement Designees, and Wilson/Fish Alternative projects are eligible to apply for these funds.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants are eligible for benefits and services.
Credentials/Documentation
Assistance is authorized for refugees, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants with documentation on their immigration status. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submittal, and approval of, State plans, annual service plans, and annual State Cash and Medical Assistance estimates.
Award Procedure
Cash and Medical Assistance grants are made to State agencies and State Replacement designees following submittal of approved State plans and annual State expenditure estimates (ORR-1). For Social Services grants, State agencies, State Replacement designees, and Wilson/Fish Alternative projects must submit annual service plans.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Annual submission of Cash and Medical Assistance program expenditure estimates and, for Social Services grants, submission of annual service plans.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance is limited to refugees, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
State agencies submit program performance reports (ORR-6) three times a year. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Grantees submit Federal Financial Reports for refugee Social Services and ORR-2 for CMA four times a year. ORR regularly monitors State-administered programs, including cash and medical assistance, social services, and the unaccompanied refugee minors program. The ORR monitoring team reviews with State staff the eligibility and documentation requirements of beneficiaries and verifies the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date client files. ORR also monitors State financial and aggregate and case-level assistance reports and reviews State Plans and State Plan amendments.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
The grantee must maintain financial and program records for three years after the grantee submits the last expenditure report for the funding period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Statutory formulas are not applicable to the Cash and Medical Assistance Program. Social Services funds are allocated in accordance with a statutory formula.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis. Funds for Cash and Medical Assistance and administrative costs must be obligated within the fiscal year of appropriation and liquidated within the next fiscal year. Funds for services for unaccompanied refugee minors may be obligated and expended in the year of award and in the subsequent year. Funds for social services must be obligated by end of the fiscal year after the fiscal year of appropriation and liquidated within the following fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Carl Rubenstein 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, 8th Floor West, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: carl.rubenstein@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-5933 Fax: (202) 205-5888
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1503-0-1-609.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $80,000,000; FY 15 est $80,000,000; and FY 16 est $80,000,000 - Social Services Formula Grants. (Formula Grants) FY 14 $294,067,800; FY 15 est $285,856,800; and FY 16 est $298,839,800 - Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance Grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2014, grants for the Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance program ranged from $17,388 to $78,000,000; the average was $6,257,133. Grants for the Refugee Social Services program ranged from $75,000 to 20,644,345; the average was $1,598,500. It is anticipated that this pattern will continue in FY 2015 and FY 2016.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 400, Subparts A-I.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.