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 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct weekly calls that focus on COVID-19 and lessons from the front lines. Two calls have been scheduled for May 1 and May 8 (from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) and are a joint effort between CMS Administrator, Seema Verma; Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Stephen Hahn, MD; and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, along with physicians and other clinicians. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, ideas, strategies, and insights related to your COVID-19 response. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

To Participate on May 1:

  • Conference lines are limited, so we encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser
  • Or, call 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9545128

To Participate on May 8:

  • Conference lines are limited, so we encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser
  • Or, call 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9146779

Loan Forgiveness Update for the Paycheck Protection Program
As of this writing, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has not released official guidance on loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Maher Duessel is involved with some national technical working groups out of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). From the conversations we have had, we have posted updates on some common questions.  You can also refer to the AICPA’s open resources on PPP’s loan forgiveness.

CARES 3.5 Enacted
The COVID-19 3.5 relief package has been officially signed into legislation. This relief package adds an additional $484 billion in funding to replenish the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) along with other previously funded COVID-19 assistance programs. Non-Profits will continue to be eligible to receive PPP funds. Read the details on what is being funded in our blog.

Paycheck Protection Act Updates and Top Ten Questions Answered for Non-Profits
With additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package (CARES Act 3.5), the Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27th. As a reminder, this program provides loans of equal to the lesser of 2 and ½ months of average payroll or $10 million for eligible nonprofits. The SBA has issued a FAQ document of common questions regarding this program.  Read our blog for important PPP updates impacting non-profits along with a summary of the top ten questions non-profits may have regarding this program.

Senate Bill 841 Enacted Offering Flexibility to Governments and Non-Profits
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed Senate Bill 841 to improve the flexibility of local governments, non-profits, and the business community in meeting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A key provision of the bill is allowing local governments to conduct public meetings remotely.  Find out how your local government can comply and more in our blog.

BCO-10 Filing Changes
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations is accepting PA BCO-10 Filings online in addition to mailed registrations delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Listed below are the updated deadlines for BCO-10 filings:

  1. Charitable Organization Fiscal Year End: May 31, 2019
    Charitable Organization Renewal Date and Registration Expiration: April 15, 2020
    New Deadline: July 15, 2020
  1. Charitable Organization Fiscal Year End: June 30, 2019
    Charitable Organization Renewal Date and Registration Expiration: May 15, 2020
    New Deadline: August 17, 2020
  1. Charitable Organization Fiscal Year End: July 31, 2020
    Charitable Organization Renewal Date and Registration Expiration: June 15, 2020
    New Deadline: September 15, 2020

We will continue to update our blog regarding any filing changes.

OMB Addresses COVID-19’s Effect on Single Audits
Partner Diane Edelstein recorded a podcast with the PICPA regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Single Audits. In this podcast, Ms. Edelstein addresses the six-month extension to the Single Audit due date, the amount of documentation needed to explain the delayed filing, and additional Single Audit matters that will likely require guidance in the near future.

Preparing for Hospitalization During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Checklist for People with Disabilities – April 23, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic you should do everything you can to stay out of a hospital, but if you have no choice, BE PREPARED for business not as usual! The normal hospital standards of practice may not be followed due to limited staff, many more patients than usual, and not enough equipment and supplies. It may be much more difficult to ensure your right to medical care is honored.

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is conducting a confidential, real-time online assessment of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care and health care access among persons with a range of disabilities.

Today, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs announced the following resources and funding opportunities.  Please click on the title for further information.

Latest news

  • HHS Launched a Telehealth Website to Expand Health Care Access:  The Telehealth.HHS.gov website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services. It was built by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Please visit: hhs.gov

MAY

  • DOJ-BJA Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program: The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199), reauthorized by the First Step Act of 2018, provides a comprehensive response to assist in the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community so that the transition is more successful and promotes public safety. Closing date: May 4, 2020
  • HHS-SAMHSA Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants: SAMHSA, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (Short Title: ROTA). The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities. Closing date: May 8, 2020
  • DOJ-BJA Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program: The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the justice system. Closing date: May 18, 2020
  • DOT-FTA Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants: FTA is seeking to fund development and demonstration projects that can accelerate the development, implementation and adoption of innovative technologies, practices, and service models to improve mobility and enhance the rider experience. Closing date: May 18, 2020
  • HHS-HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation: This funding opportunity, RCORP-Implementation, will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services to enhance rural residents’ ability to access treatment and move towards recovery. Closing date: May 26, 2020
  • USDA-AMS: Local Food Promotion Program The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Closing date: May 26, 2020
  • DOJ-BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program: The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. Closing date: May 29, 2020
  • Delta Regional Authority, Economic Development Assistance Program provides direct investments into community-based and regional projects that address the DRA’s congressionally mandated four funding priorities. Organizations and communities can apply online at funding.dra.gov.  The funds are available to DRA’s footprint of 252 counties and parishes in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Closing date: May 31, 2020

JUNE

  • EPA-Office of Children’s Health Protection: The purpose of the Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative is to provide capacity building to address children’s environmental health in school and childcare settings. The Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative provides funding directly to organizations to support school- and/or childcare center-based capacity building projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Closing date: June 1, 2020
  • HHS-SAMHSA Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grant: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support grants (Short Title: Workforce Support). The purpose of this program is to implement evidence-based programs to support individuals in substance use disorder treatment and recovery to live independently and participate in the workforce. Closing date: June 1, 2020
  • USDA-NIFA: Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program: In FY 2020 and FY 2021, NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The purpose of the CFP is to support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Closing date: June 3, 2020
  • HHS-SAMHSA State Opioid Response (SOR) Technical Assistance: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 State Opioid Response (SOR) Technical Assistance (TA) grant. This grant will be provided to a single entity who will serve as the central coordinating point for ensuring the requirements of this funding opportunity are met. Closing date: June 8, 2020
  • DOJ-BJA Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program: The Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program supports Department of Justice priorities to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse. Closing date: June 11, 2020
  • HHS-HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program: This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The funding opportunity is aimed towards promoting rural Tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services (Tele-EMS). Closing date: June 15, 2020
  • HHS-HRSA Rural Telementoring Training Center: This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) Program. The purpose of this program is to train academic medical centers and other centers of excellence (COEs) to create or expand technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models (such as Project ECHO, ECHO-like models, and other emerging models in the field). Closing date: June 16, 2020

JULY

  • HHS-HRSA Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program: This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center (TF RHRC) Program. This NOFO will fund two Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Centers, one evaluation-focused and one evidence-focused. Closing date: July 1, 2020
  • USDA-RD Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Closing date: July 13, 2020

In case you missed it:

  • USDA launched the Meals for Kids Interactive Map – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Please check it out, as of 4/23/2020, 36 states have provided information for the interactive map.
  • CDC Rural Health Site. Visit the CDC site for rural-specific information and while you are there listen to the –updates for Rural Health Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response– webinar series.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) will be holding a stakeholder webinar this Thursday, April 30, from 11:00 am –  11:30 am to provide updates on the work OMHSAS has been performing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register here to participate. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have questions or feedback, please contact RCPA Policy Directors Jim Sharp or Sarah Eyster.