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93.156 Geriatric Training for Physicians, Dentists and Behavioral/Mental Health Professionals

AUTHORIZATION:

Title VII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended by the Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, P.L. 105-392, Section 753(b) and the Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010, P.L. 111-148.
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Grants are given for faculty training projects in geriatric medicine, dentistry, and behavioral or mental health. The purpose of this grant program is to provide support, including fellowships, for geriatric training projects to train physicians, dentists and behavioral or mental health professionals who plan to teach geriatric medicine, geriatric dentistry or geriatric behavioral or mental health.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

A grant may be made to meet the cost of a project which will propose: (1) a 1-year retraining program in geriatrics for: (a) physicians who are faculty in departments of internal medicine, family medicine (including osteopathic general practice), gynecology, geriatrics, and behavioral or mental health at schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine; (b) dentists who are faculty members at schools of dentistry or at hospital departments or dentistry; and (c) behavioral or mental health professionals who are faculty members in departments of behavioral or mental health; and/or (2) a 2-year internal medicine or family medicine fellowship program providing emphasis in geriatrics which shall be designed to provide training in clinical geriatrics and geriatrics research for: (a) physicians who have completed graduate medical education programs in internal medicine, family medicine (including osteopathic general practice), behavioral or mental health, neurology, gynecology, or rehabilitation medicine; (b) dentists who have demonstrated a commitment to an academic career and who have completed postdoctoral dental training, including postdoctoral dental education programs or who have relevant advanced training or experience; and (c) behavioral or mental health professionals who have completed graduate medical education programs in behavioral or mental health. Each project for which a grant is made must: (1) be staffed by full-time teaching physicians who have experience or training in geriatric medicine or geriatric behavioral or mental health; (2) be staffed, or enter into an agreement with an institution staffed by full-time or part-time teaching dentists who have experience or training in geriatric dentistry; (3) be staffed , or enter into an agreement with an institution staffed by full-time or part-time teaching behavioral or mental health professionals who have experience or training in geriatric behavioral or mental health; (4) be based in a graduate medical education program in internal medicine or family medicine or in a department of geriatrics or behavioral or mental health; (5) provide training in geriatrics and are exposed to the physical and mental disabilities of elderly individuals through a variety of service rotations, such as geriatric consultation services, acute care services, dental services, geriatric behavioral or mental health units, day and home care programs, rehabilitation services, extended care facilities, geriatric ambulatory care and comprehensive evaluation units, and community care programs for elderly mentally retarded individuals, and (6) provide training in geriatrics through one or both of the two training options. See above.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Grants may be made to accredited public or private nonprofit schools of medicine, schools of osteopathic medicine, teaching hospitals, or graduate medical education programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Grants may be made to accredited public or private nonprofit schools of medicine, schools of osteopathic medicine, teaching hospitals, or graduate medical education programs.

Credentials/Documentation:   Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Award Procedure:   Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Four to six months following receipt of application.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

At the end of theinitial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Project period is three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   A Uniform Progress Report must be submitted annually. No cash reports are required. Annual progress reports, in the form of HRSA�s performance reporting system, are required. Electronic reporting requirements can be viewed at www.HRSA.gov.

A financial report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of each budget period. Final progress and financial reports must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. Financial reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. No performance monitoring is required.

Audits:   No audits are required for this program.

Records:   Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obligations:   (Salaries) FY 09 $6,569,999; FY 10 est $8,100,000; FY 11 est $8,100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 2009 Range and Average: $501,113 to $1,090,000; $588,836.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: There were 11 GTPD awards made in 2009. FY 2009 Range and Average: $501,113 to $1,090,000; $588,836. Fiscal Year 2010: Estimated Range and Average: $500,000 to $1,000,000; $523,616. Fiscal Year 2011: Estimated Estimated Range and Average: $500,000 to $1,000,000; $523,616.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. CAPT Young Song, Senior Program Management Consultant or Marcia Starbecker, Chief, Geriatrics & Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-3353; 301-443-6867.

Headquarters Office:   Nancy Douglas-Kersellius, MSN, PhD, GNP-BC, Project Officer, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15N124A, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: ndouglas@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-0907

Web Site Address:   http://www.hrsa.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: See www.hrsa.gov. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent funding opportunity announcement for detailed selection criteria.

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