Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot RVCP Grant Program
Authorization (040): Public Law 111-163, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, section 506 signed into law on May 5, 2010 authorizes this grant program. This program provides funds for a two-year pilot program with an objective of using grants to assess the feasibility of using community-based organizations and local, State, and Tribal government entities to provide outreach, to increase the coordination and availability of health care and benefits, to increase the availability of high quality medical and mental health services, and to provide assistance to Veterans and their families as they transition from the military to civilian life.
The grantees are expected to provide the following services to Veterans who are eligible for this program to include:
- Outreach services that include making personal contact with each returning Veteran and accompanying family in the grantees defined service area.
- Comprehensive assessment to transitioning Veterans and their accompanying family who choose to accept care and benefits coordination services.
- Provision of care and benefits coordination to all Veterans and their accompanying family members. This includes the provision of follow-up contacts to assess the effectiveness of the services provided and to provide coordination of any additional benefits needed. The goal of all care and benefits coordination is to enable the Veteran leaving military service and their accompanying family to successfully transition to civilian life.
- Coordination among the organizations providing care and benefits services to transitioning Veterans and their accompanying family.
- Increase the availability and access of care and benefits provision to Veterans and their accompanying families in rural communities, especially health and mental health services, by utilization of local community based providers to coordinate the care and benefits and to work collaboratively with the local community to address gaps in services, and plan for addressing those gaps in services.
The pilot requires that the program be carried out in five locations and the grants are for a two year period. The locations that must be considered shall be rural areas with high proportions of minorities in the population with limited access to health care and not in close proximity to an active duty military installation.
Eligible entities who apply for the grant must meet the following requirements:
- Community based organizations, i.e. a group that represents a community or a significant segment of a community and is engaged in meeting the community needs; local and state governments, Tribal and non-profit organizations.
Beneficiary eligibility is limited to veterans and their accompanying families who are transitioning from the military to rural areas. An eligible veteran participant is defined as a veteran who is eligible for VA benefits and who has transitioned from active duty military benefits within the last two years. An eligible family member is defined as those individuals who reside in the Veteran’s home and are part of the established household the Veteran.
To apply for a grant, an applicant must submit to VA a complete RVCP grant application package, as described in the NOFA. A complete grant application package must include at a minimum:
- A description of the coordination and outreach to be provided by the applicant.
- Identification of the area(s) the applicant intends to serve and the need for RVCP in the area(s).
- A description of the characteristics of veterans and their families in the areas served by the applicant, if known;
- An estimate of the number of participants who will be provided services under RVCP in the applicant’s area, including an estimate of the total number of veterans and their families transitioning from the military.
- Documentation describing the experience the applicant (and any identified subcontractors, referred to collectively as ‘applicant’) has in providing services similar to those in RVCP;
- A plan to continuously seek new sources of assistance to ensure the long-term provision of health care and benefits; and
- A statement of compliance with the requirements of this part throughout the term of the grant.
- Other information that VA may request.
Grantees will be notified of their selection by formal letter from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The notification will contain an RVCP grant agreement which must be signed by the applicant and returned to the RVCP program office within fifteen days. No dispersal of grant funds will occur until the grant application has been signed and returned.