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2016-2017 HPP & PHEP Funding Opportunity Arrives

2016-2017 HPP & PHEP Funding Opportunity Arrives

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released to the states the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2016-2017 Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP). For the third year in a row, funding is projected to remain steady at $840,000,000.

Budget Period 5 (BP5), which is the final year of the five-year project period, runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Funds unobligated at the close of the 2016 fiscal year will remain available to awardees (the states are awardees, those receiving grants from the states are sub awardees) for the 2017 fiscal year without prior approval. Such funds, call carryover dollars, must be used for the purposes for which they were originally authorized.

Since fiscal year 2017 is the last year of the project period, all funds - 2017 and 2016 carryover - must be obligated by June 30, 2017. There will be no carryover into the next project period.


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As I explained in my articles 3 Reasons Congress Will Kill the Hospital Preparedness Program In 2017 and 8 ways States Can Save the Hospital Preparedness Program, the next project period is dependent upon Congress reauthorizing the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

PAHPA authorizes both the PHEP and HPP programs, but it is not the funding instrument. Funding is contingent upon annual Congressional appropriations, which without the fiscal year 2017 budget enacted, the FOA amounts outlined here are considered tentative. That said, the President has requested flat funding for both programs for 2017, and it is anticipated that Congress will concur.

The purpose of the HPP component of the cooperative agreement is to "build and maintain prepared healthcare systems, advance the development and maturation of healthcare coalitions, strengthen regional coordination, and ensure the healthcare system can maintain operations and surge to provide acute medical care during all-hazards emergencies." Details on HPP funding restrictions, joint PHEP & HPP requirements, and HPP-specific requirements can be found in the bParati.com learning center under Programs/HPP.

As with the original FOA, ASPR 'strongly encourages' HPP awardees to allocate 75% of HPP funds for 'local' healthcare preparedness activities. There is no definition of 'local.'

On the PHEP side, there is no recommended maximum that states should retain, but the CDC retains the requirement that awardees "must seek and obtain local health department concurrence." That is, awardees must "consult with local public health departments or other subdivisions within their jurisdictions to reach consensus, approval, or concurrence on the overall strategies, approaches, and priorities described in their work plans and on the relative distribution of funding as outlined in the budgets associated with the work plans."

Details on PHEP funding restrictions, joint PHEP & HPP requirements, and PHEP-specific requirements can be found in the bParati.com learning center under Programs/PHEP.

The FOA is a continuation of funds intended only for awardees earlier awarded under HPP and PHEP Cooperative Agreements. Prior awardees must have their applications submitted by Tuesday, April 5, 2016.


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Karl Schmitt, MPA

Karl Schmitt, MPA


Karl is the Passionate Founder & CEO of bParati. He is on a mission to build a national network of effective, sustainable healthcare coalitions. More...

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