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$100 Million in CARES Act Grant Funds will be Made Available to Long Term Care (including assisted l

Thursday, May 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Todd Smet
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Governor Evers Announces $100 Million in Funds for Long Term Care (including assisted living), Home & Community Based Services, and Emergency Medical Services 


Gov. Tony Evers today announced a grant program funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Totaling $100 million dollars, the funding will support providers most at-risk for financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The providers targeted for financial assistance include emergency medical services, home and community-based services, and long-term care providers such as skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.


“Wisconsin’s Assisted Living profession has been on the frontlines of this COVID-19

crisis since the beginning, and will be for months to come, stated Michael

Pochowski, CEO of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA).

“Investments to help facilities deal with increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis

include caregivers & staff, personal protection equipment, disinfection supplies and

other supplies that temporarily increased in costs will help assisted living facilities

immensely and we greatly appreciate the support from Governor Evers.”


According to the Governor's Press Release, the program will be administered in two parts: an initial release of funds to support immediate needs, and a second, targeted release for additional needs of individual providers. Both rounds of funding will be allocated to support expenses directly related to COVID-19 as well as expenses associated with the interruption of typical operations, such as overtime pay, changes to sanitation procedures, and disruption to the standard delivery of care.


WALA would like to recognize and thank the thousands of front-line workers caring for the tens of thousands of people who call assisted living facilities their home.


On a “normal” day, these caregivers and staff are already considered heroes; working around the clock to provide high quality care, supports, and services to frail elderly individuals and those with cognitive/behavioral disabilities. During this crisis these staff have been superheroes - serving the people they love as family - in assisted living communities that value dignity and independence.


More information about the process for the disbursement of funds will be shared when it is available.


Read full press release

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