Federal Grant Will Create New Center to Support the Direct Care Workforce

The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) plans to create a new initiative that will serve as a technical assistance and capacity-building center for direct care workers providing home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. ACL intends to award a five-year grant to a lead entity to create and maintain the National Technical Assistance Center. Estimated total funding will be $1.2 million to $1.3 million, per year for the five-year project period.

Home-based care providers are currently experiencing one of the most difficult workforce environments in decades. Many organizations are unable to meet current demand as a result of inadequate staffing, primarily among the frontline direct care workers and aides that provide a large portion of the hands-on services for vulnerable patients and families.

  • Grant applications are due June 28, 2022
  • An overview informational teleconference will be held on May 17 at 3:00pm ET (Dial-in number: 888-942-9712; Participant passcode: 5313288).
  • Find out more about the details of the grant opportunity HERE.

ACL envisions that this new initiative will serve as a central hub for state, private, and federal entities involved in the hiring, recruitment, training, and workforce development associated with the delivery of HCBS. The effort will deepen the collaboration between ACL, the Department of Labor, and other HHS agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

The center will focus on strategies and practices at the systems and provider levels, and will disseminate information and direct technical assistance (TA) to support stakeholders’ efforts to bolster and improve the direct care workforce. The TA Center will offer access to a curated array of model policies, best practices, training materials, technical assistance, and learning collaboratives.

Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit entities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Given that current DCW workforce challenges are complex and informed by a number of factors, ACL expects that no single organization will be able to single-handedly meet the center’s objectives on its own. Accordingly, grant applicants will need to describe how they plan to partner with other organizations, including those representing the needs of traditionally unserved and underserved, to fully carry out the center’s mission and deliver on its priorities.

Detailed grant information is available HERE. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Caroline Ryan at ACL at caroline.ryan@acl.hhs.gov