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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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If you have questions about these initiatives, email us at DHSDMSWIARPAHCBS@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

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
Description:
 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
Description
: 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
$75,750

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System d.b.a. UW-Green Bay*
$865,010
Brown County

Boll Adult Care Concepts, Inc.
Brown County
$25,000

Improved Living Services, LLC
Brown County
$55,230

Options for Independent Living Inc.
Brown County
$337,682

Buffalo County Department of Health and Human Services
Buffalo County
$31,239

New Hope Center, Inc
Calumet County
$25,218

KSMS Our House, LLC; Keystone Lodi, LLC; Keystone Reedsburg, LLC*
Columbia County
$188,370

Alumni Resource Center Thru Post College Connections Inc.*
Dane County
$86,927

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System*
Dane County
$38,420

Catalyst Home Health*
Dane County
$51,506

Dane County Department of Human Services*
Dane County
$81,875

Disability Service Provider Network
Dane County
$191,028

Family Voices of Wisconsin*
Dane County
$55,100

Foundations Counseling Center, Inc.
Dane County
$345,000

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
Dane County
$68,240

Living Our Visions Inc.
Dane County
$422,000

MARC, Inc. (Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.)
Dane County
$195,821

Night Owl Support Systems, LLC
Dane County
$340,277

Options in Community Living, Inc.
Dane County
$166,116

Place of Mind LLC*
$782,000
Dodge County

Alseth Family Support LLC
Douglas County
$34,250

Catholic Community Services
Douglas County
$399,726

Aurora Residential Alternatives
Dunn County
$34,545

Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
Dunn County
$186,464

Brotoloc Healthcare Systems Inc
Eau Claire County
$59,600

Grace Lutheran Communities
Eau Claire County
$210,553

Lakeland Care Inc.
Fond du Lac County
$120,000

O'Rourke Dementia Stabilization Unit*
Green County
$179,533

Jackson County Department of Health & Human Services*
Jackson County
$600,000

Adapt Physical Therapy & Fitness LLC
La Crosse County
$45,000

Family & Children's Center
La Cross County
$411,883

ILC LLC
La Crosse County
$36,050

Lakeview Health Center and Assisted Living*
La Crosse County
$82,485

Opportunity of North Central WI Inc.
Marathon County
$113,500

Busalacchi Enterprises Inc. D.B.A. SYNERGY HomeCare of Southeast WI
Milwaukee County
$42,872

Exceptional Health Network LLC*
Milwaukee County
$41,200

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Milwaukee County
$342,394

Marquette University
Milwaukee County
$1,998,044

Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
Milwaukee County
$2,000,000

RETRAC Enterprises INC*
Milwaukee County
$869,000

The Foster Lane
Milwaukee County
$348,859

TransCen, Inc.
Milwaukee County
$200,568

Vision Forward Association*
Milwaukee County
$244,945

Monroe County Department of Human Services*
Monroe County
$82,054

Stay at HomeCare, LLC
Oconto County
$88,374

Launch Therapy Center
Outagamie County
$205,187

VPI, Inc.
Outagamie County
$232,740

BRIKAT ENTERPRISES dba Anita's Gardens*
Ozaukee County
$25,820

The Homeplace of Durand*
Pepin County
$30,341

Aging & Disability Resource Center–Adult Day Center of Portage County*
Portage County
$27,500

Great Lakes Senior Living
Racine County
$42,102

Blackbird Psychotherapy LLC*
Rock County
$49,930

Holistic Counseling Services LLC
Rock County
$356,690

Ochsman, Inc. dba Home Instead
Rock County
$52,561

BRIDGE for Community Life, Inc.
St. Croix County
$59,450

UP THERE, LLC*
Taylor County
$33,150

Ventures Unlimited, Inc.
Washburn County
$170,985

Always There In-Home Care, Inc. dba: ComForCare Home Care
Washington County
 $210,000

Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh)*
Waukesha County
$93,672

Capri Senior Communities LLC
Waukesha County
$907,002

Homes for Independent Living LLC
Waukesha County
$878,180

Pantheon Industries*
Waukesha County
$192,925

Paragon Community Services*
Waukesha County
$108,859

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities (aka Wisconsin Masonic Home, Inc.)*
Waukesha County
$124,300

Manawa Community Living Center
Waupaca County
$25,872

Waushara County*
Waushara County
$25,000

Clarity Care Inc.
Winnebago County
$55,124

Opportunity Development Centers Inc.
Wood County
$166,350

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