American Rescue Plan Allocations


AHCCCS is working to implement the recently passed federal law, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA is an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate, direct relief to families impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, and support struggling communities.

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Home and Community Based Services Enhanced Federal Match

The Home and Community Based Services Enhanced Federal Match provision allows states to supplement, not supplant, existing funding. States must submit initial HCBS spending plans to CMS by July 12, 2021 to meet federal guidance and timelines. Due to ongoing stakeholder input, AHCCCS will post the draft spending plan draft no later than July 12, 2021. The draft spending plan is subject to CMS approval. AHCCCS is permitted to update its initial draft spending plan through the quarterly spending plan submission requirement based on Arizona's needs.

Services Eligible to Claim the ARPA 10 Percent FMAP Increase

  • Rehabilitative Services (including mental health and substance use disorder services)
  • Private Duty Nursing
  • Alternative Benefit Plans
  • Home Health Care
  • Personal Care Services
  • Self-Directed Personal Care Services
  • Case Management
  • School Based Services

The funding is short-term and must be spent by March 31, 2024 (3 years). These efforts cannot negatively impact current HCBS; it can only add programs, services, and activities that are completed by March 2024 or have an additional plan for funding or sustainability beyond March 2024.

Stakeholder Meetings

Topic: ARPA HCBS Plan Submission


Topic: Introduction of HCBS Funding Opportunity


ARPA HCBS Spending Plan

ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available upon request. If you require these or other types of accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact the AHCCCS Public Information Officer at heidi.capriotti@azahcccs.gov or 602-417-4729 at least seven business days prior to meeting you wish to attend.



SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis

ARPA also allocated additional SAMHSA Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) and Substance Abuse Block Grant funding of a total of $71 million to Arizona. SAMHSA encourages states to consider a focus on support of a behavioral health crisis continuum.

Stakeholder Meetings

Topic: Introduction of SAMHSA Grant Funding Opportunity

ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available upon request. If you require these or other types of accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact the AHCCCS Public Information Officer at heidi.capriotti@azahcccs.gov or 602-417-4729 at least seven business days prior to meeting you wish to attend.

Mobile-Crisis Services Grant Funding

ARPA authorizes $15 million for state planning grants to be awarded by the HHS Secretary as soon as practicable. It also creates a state option to cover community-based mobile crisis intervention services with 85 percent federal matching funds.

Status

AHCCCS is working with stakeholder partners to explore potential program improvements that meet the parameters advanced by the legislation.


Public Input Welcomed

AHCCCS welcomes public input on proposed ARPA spending plans. Submit comments by email to publicinput@azahcccs.gov. Note that public comments about SAMHSA grant funding will be accepted through 6/25/21, and public comments about HCBS spending will be accepted through December 2021.


Other ARPA Resources