PHOENIX – The Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) released $16.91 million in funding to providers of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) throughout Arizona as part of the first round of the AHCCCS American Rescue Plan (ARP) Program Award. With these funds, HCBS providers can enhance the health, safety, and member experience of children, the elderly, people with disabilities, people living with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) designation, and anyone else receiving HCBS in the state.
“We are so pleased to be able to use this one-time funding to strengthen the infrastructure and programs within the HCBS system,” said Carmen Heredia, AHCCCS director. “These projects will help 61 AHCCCS providers to make upgrades to their facilities and infrastructure to promote access, streamline service delivery, and augment their specific community’s services. Collectively, these projects will help AHCCCS members lead self-directed lives, engage in activities that promote wellbeing, and integrate into their communities through employment, transportation, social engagement.”
Organizations from across Arizona submitted over 800 applications requesting funding for local, regional, and statewide projects, including projects to support Arizonans living on tribal land. The 61 organizations selected for funding in this round represent every county in Arizona and include habilitation providers, assisted living homes, outpatient clinics, community service agencies, and many other service providers.
AHCCCS will open a second round of the award program to distribute additional ARP funds in late 2023. To find out more about the AHCCCS ARP Program Award, including information on future rounds of funding, visit the award webpage.