To combat senior isolation and to improve the health, safety, and well-being of vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities through safe access to vital services. The CDA seeks to support facilities in increasing the number of participants attending in-center services. This program will provide one-time COVID-19 mitigation and resilience grant funding to continue to help create safe and healthy person-centered environments.
Prior to applying for funding, all potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).
Funding will then be allocated based on the total number of LOIs received. Each applicant will be eligible for the same maximum funding amount of XXX. Facilities may apply for funds for one or multiple eligible purposes and for one or multiple sites (if applicable).
The Bridge to Recovery grant is designed to help providers of in-center congregate services provide a safe, healthy, and person-centered environment for older adults and people with disabilities. Providers can spend funds on facilities and staffing improvements to support that goal.
Facilities must use funding to meet the goals of the grant program related to infection prevention and control, workforce shortages, and other programmatic improvements. Funding cannot be used to supplant existing funds received from other sources. Funding may be used for a new project or to supplement an existing program.
The allowable expenses to meet the goals of the grant are as follows:
• Building ventilation: adding or improving ventilation systems to meet recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards.
• Air flow and filtration: repairing or installing air filters to meet recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards.
• Modifying usable space: repurposing outdoor areas to expand safe, useable program space or modifying indoor spaces to promote health and safety while encouraging participant engagement.
• Sanitation and infection control: increasing sanitation and infection control measures.
• Staff recruitment and retention : costs associated with posting jobs and sign on bonuses, retention bonuses.
• Temporary workers: salary for temporary workers when there is a vacancy or absence in key required positions, such as nurses, social workers, therapists, or transportation drivers, in order to comply with regulations and staffing ratios.
• Wage differentials: providing raises for direct support staff to ensure equity among similar roles and skillsets. Final wages from salary increases should comport with or be comparable to local labor laws, standards, and prevailing wages.
• Vehicle modifications and/or preservation: modifying existing vehicles used in the transportation of participants and/or installing surveillance equipment.
• Telehealth: improving participant access to telehealth services.
• Staff training: providing training in infection prevention and control, health, and safety.
Must submit a Letter of Intent by 5 pm PT May 15, 2023. Must be a licensed ADHC, licensed ADP, or PACE site through DHCS at nursing facility level of care.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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