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American Rescue Plan Act: Medicaid HCBS Grants Supporting Quality and Innovation

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides qualifying states with federal funding for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) activities. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investing some of these federal funds to implement a statewide HCBS grant opportunity.

With the goal to enhance, expand, and strengthen HCBS, DHS is providing $30 million over two funding rounds across Medicaid HCBS programs. Funds will be distributed geographically across the state in both urban and rural areas, and support diverse organizations and populations.

Grant funding will strengthen the HCBS system and support quality and innovation in the delivery of HCBS in Wisconsin.

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Round 1 summary

The first round of grant applications and awards has concluded and all awardees have been selected. Over 717 applications were submitted requesting over $200 million in funding. A wide diversity and breadth of topics were represented in the applications. For the first round of awards, 69 applicant projects were selected, and over $17 million in project funding disbursed.  

The awarded projects will impact multiple Medicaid programs and reach both urban and rural areas of the state. These projects propose creative ways to expand access to HCBS and make a positive impact on the vital workers who care for people who are older or have a disability.


Project objectives of awarded applicants
 Bar chart showing six objectives, and the number of projects associated with each objective.

  • 52 projects aim to increase access to HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries
  • 47 projects aim to expand the HCBS workforce
  • 31 projects aim to strengthen HCBS in response to COVID-19
  • 29 projects aim to improve provider financial stability
  • 15 projects aim to accelerate long-term services and supports (LTSS) reform
  • 7 projects have other objectives


Impacted Medicaid programs
: Bar chart showing six Medicaid programs, and the number of projects associated with each program.

  • 51 projects impact Family Care
  • 40 projects impact IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)
  • 30 projects impact Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS)
  • 20 projects impact Family Care Partnership
  • 8 projects impact Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
  • 5 projects impact other programs

Awarded projects include the following:
Note: Asterisks (*) indicate recipients newly added in December.

Allegiance Transportation LLC*
Brown County

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System d.b.a. UW-Green Bay*
Brown County

Boll Adult Care Concepts, Inc.
Brown County

Improved Living Services, LLC
Brown County

Options for Independent Living Inc.
Brown County

Buffalo County Department of Health and Human Services
Buffalo County

New Hope Center, Inc
Calumet County

KSMS Our House, LLC; Keystone Lodi, LLC; Keystone Reedsburg, LLC*
Columbia County

Alumni Resource Center Thru Post College Connections Inc.*
Dane County

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System*
Dane County

Catalyst Home Health*
Dane County

Dane County Department of Human Services*
Dane County

Disability Service Provider Network
Dane County

Family Voices of Wisconsin*
Dane County

Foundations Counseling Center, Inc.
Dane County

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
Dane County

Living Our Visions Inc.
Dane County

MARC, Inc. (Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.)
Dane County

Night Owl Support Systems, LLC
Dane County

Options in Community Living, Inc.
Dane County

Place of Mind LLC*
Dodge County

Alseth Family Support LLC
Douglas County

Catholic Community Services
Douglas County

Aurora Residential Alternatives
Dunn County

Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
Dunn County

Brotoloc Healthcare Systems Inc
Eau Claire County

Grace Lutheran Communities
Eau Claire County

Lakeland Care Inc.
Fond du Lac County

O'Rourke Dementia Stabilization Unit*
Green County

Jackson County Department of Health & Human Services*
Jackson County

Adapt Physical Therapy & Fitness LLC
La Crosse County

Family & Children's Center
La Cross County

La Crosse County

Lakeview Health Center and Assisted Living*
La Crosse County

Opportunity of North Central WI Inc.
Marathon County

Busalacchi Enterprises Inc. D.B.A. SYNERGY HomeCare of Southeast WI
Milwaukee County

Exceptional Health Network LLC*
Milwaukee County

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Milwaukee County

Marquette University
Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
Milwaukee County

RETRAC Enterprises INC*
Milwaukee County

The Foster Lane
Milwaukee County

TransCen, Inc.
Milwaukee County

Vision Forward Association*
Milwaukee County

Monroe County Department of Human Services*
Monroe County

Stay at HomeCare, LLC
Oconto County

Launch Therapy Center
Outagamie County

VPI, Inc.
Outagamie County

BRIKAT ENTERPRISES dba Anita's Gardens*
Ozaukee County

The Homeplace of Durand*
Pepin County

Aging & Disability Resource Center–Adult Day Center of Portage County*
Portage County

Great Lakes Senior Living
Racine County

Blackbird Psychotherapy LLC*
Rock County

Holistic Counseling Services LLC
Rock County

Ochsman, Inc. dba Home Instead
Rock County

BRIDGE for Community Life, Inc.
St. Croix County

Taylor County

Ventures Unlimited, Inc.
Washburn County

Always There In-Home Care, Inc. dba: ComForCare Home Care
Washington County

Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh)*
Waukesha County

Capri Senior Communities LLC
Waukesha County

Homes for Independent Living LLC
Waukesha County

Pantheon Industries*
Waukesha County

Paragon Community Services*
Waukesha County

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities (aka Wisconsin Masonic Home, Inc.)*
Waukesha County

Manawa Community Living Center
Waupaca County

Waushara County*
Waushara County

Clarity Care Inc.
Winnebago County

Opportunity Development Centers Inc.
Wood County

Future grant opportunities

Another opportunity to apply for grant funding will be available in February 2023. The remaining $13 million will be distributed in that round. Funding available for individual projects can vary from $25,000 to $2 million. Actual grant amounts will be determined based on the application. Organizations will submit applications using GrantsConnect, an online application portal. You can learn more about the grant opportunity, GrantsConnect, and the application process through the following resources:

Tips on how to ensure your application meets criteria for the second round will be available soon.

Last revised January 26, 2023