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Pennsylvania’s Long Term Care Grant Program


A Civil Money Penalty (CMP) is the monetary penalty the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may impose against Medical Assistance Nursing Facilities (MA NFs), nursing facilities (NFs) and dually-certified Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/NFs for either the number of days or for each instance a facility is not in substantial compliance with one or more Medicare and/or Medicaid participation requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities.   
The goal of the Pennsylvania Civil Money Penalty Grant Program is to facilitate the use of federally imposed civil money penalty funds to support activities that support, protect and benefit residents living in nursing facilities. 
The objectives are to review and make recommendations regarding CMP grant applications that are submitted for the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that directly or indirectly benefit nursing facility residents. These initiatives should showcase a variety of enhancement or educational philosophies through current and sound evidence-based practices that promote quality of care and quality of life for nursing facility residents.
The CMP grant program will accept applications from a licensed MA NF or a NF Chain.
Successful applicants must have demonstrated experience and expertise in promoting quality of care and/or quality of life for residents of nursing facilities, which also meet the requirements under this grant opportunity. 
Project Categories
Direct Improvement to Quality of Care
CMP funds may be used for projects designed to directly improve care processes for nursing home residents in a single NF or a NF Chain.
Resident or Family Councils
CMP funds may be used for projects that not-for-profit resident advocacy organizations assist with that: 
·         Assist in the development of new independent family councils;
·         Assist resident and family councils in effective advocacy on their family members’ behalf; and
·         Develop materials and training sessions for resident and family councils on state implementation of new federal or state legislation.
For example, CMP funds could be used to support facilitators, involvement of knowledgeable experts in council meetings, or other initiatives to engage residents and families in the development and implementation of quality improvement programs.
Culture Change / Quality of Life
"Culture change" is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of adult and older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of consumers and those working with them are considered and respected.  Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.  CMP funds may be used to promote culture change in projects that involve a single NF or a NF Chain.
Consumer Information
CMP funds may be used to develop and disseminate information that is directly useful to nursing home residents and their families in becoming knowledgeable about their rights, nursing home care processes, and other information useful to a resident.
CMP funds may be considered for training in facility improvement initiatives that are open to a single NF or a NF Chain, including joint training of facility staff and surveyors, technical assistance for facilities implementing quality assurance programs, training for resident and/or family councils, Long Term Care Ombudsman or advocacy organizations, and other activities approved by CMS.  
For example, CMS previously approved the use of CMP funds for a statewide pressure ulcer and fall prevention collaborative that included joint training of surveyors and facility staff from multiple nursing homes.  
Grant Application Process 
CMP applications shall be submitted electronically to utilizing the PA CMP grant request form. The form can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) website here.  Frequently Asked Questions can be found here 
All applications must be date stamped, and received by the CMP grant committee between March 15, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Applications will not be accepted prior to March 15, 2018, or after April 15, 2018.
Availability of Funds 
At the beginning of each state fiscal year, the Department of Human Services (DHS) shall determine the total amount of money to be allocated for the civil money penalty fund to be awarded in the form of grants to eligible entities.
There is no entitlement to any funds available for grants awarded through this initiative. DHS may award grants to the extent funds are available and, within its discretion, to the extent that applications are approved.  
Collaboratively, representatives from Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health, Human Services and Aging shall assess the merit of each proposed project and the ability of the project to improve resident outcomes and advance the care and services provided in certified long-term care facilities.  
Following this collaborative review, the selected CMP application/s will be forwarded to CMS for final approval.
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligible entities wishing to apply for CMP grants must meet the following requirements:
1.      Grants are available for quality improvement initiatives that are outside the scope of normal operations for the nursing facility or other applicant. Grants cannot be used as replacement funding for goods or services that the applicant already offers.
2.      When CMP funds are requested for educational purposes, the organization involved must also include the following: anticipated number of attendees; target audience; accrediting authorities; timeline for implementation and plan of sustainability; and letters of support.
3.      An applicant previously awarded a CMP grant that failed to achieve that initiative’s intended goals or outcomes shall be ineligible to apply for a period of 3 years following that grant award. However, a grant may be considered if the applicant’s inability to complete the initiative was due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control.
4.      Representatives from any facility requesting funding, or representatives who are in situations where a conflict of interest exists, must disqualify themselves from making recommendations. 
5.      CMP applications shall be accepted from dually certified providers (SNF/NF) and MA NFs  or Chain NFs.
6.      Applications will not be accepted via fax or hardcopy.
7.      Applications shall include a cover letter addressed to the CMP Grant Committee.
8.      The font for all applications is Times New Roman, 12 point, and shall include the entity name and page number on all documents.
9.      Applications shall be limited to no more than 20 pages, including appendices and the actual CMP application form.
10.  All sections of the application form shall be completed in its entirety with all required information, or the application will be denied.
11.  Demonstrate the capacity to carry out the initiative for which the grant is requested.
a) Conflict of interest: projects will not be approved for which a conflict of interest exists or the appearance of a conflict of interest;
b) General operations or administrative salaries;
c) Capital improvements to a nursing home, or to build a nursing home;
d) Facility maintenance activities intended to meet the minimum standards for nursing facilities set forth in 42 CFR Part 483;
e) Goods or services for which the applicant or others are already obligated to pay;
f) Vendor payments and payroll obligations for a facility’s normal operations or for fulfillment of state or federal requirements;
g) Salaries of temporary managers who are actively managing a nursing home;
h) Costs related to travel, bonuses or other direct employee benefits;
i) Costs that are not specifically outlined in the applicant’s grant proposal or are already included in the facility’s cost report;
j) Projects, programs, goods or services unrelated to improving the quality of life or quality of care of NF residents; and
k) Recruitment or providing Long-Term Care Ombudsman certification training for staff or volunteers, or investigation and work to resolve complaints.
Instructions for Downloading and Submitting the Application:
Review instructions and complete application from the Department of Health website found here.
Submit completed application including all attachments to  
Review of Grant Applications
The CMP Grant Committee shall collaboratively conduct an initial review and evaluate all components of the completed grant application. Reviewed applications and the state’s recommendation for approval will be forwarded to CMS.
All grant awards are subject to final approval by the CMS regional office.
Grant Awards
Grants for approved proposals shall be awarded through a contract entered into by DHS and the applicant. Grant funds shall be distributed pursuant to contractual obligations.
Quarterly Progress Reports
Following the date of the award and continuing until completion, the grantee shall submit quarterly reports on the status of the project to the CMP Grant Committee at   Awardees will receive additional instructions at the time the grant agreement is signed.  A grantee that fails to submit a quarterly progress report shall forfeit any future grant award distributions.  
Final Report
A final report of the project shall be submitted within 30 calendar days at the conclusion of the project.  
The Grant Award Final Report must provide evidence of successful completion of the project or quality improvement initiative and address the following:
·         The purpose of the grant;
·         The expected outcomes;
·         The actual outcomes;
·         The number of residents that benefited from the project or initiative; and
·         The action plan for sustainability if the project or initiative will continue beyond the grant funding.