Statement to Members
RE: COVID-19 Recovery Act Funds
NCALA has received multiple inquiries from members asking how they can obtain personal protective equipment and other safety supplies from the funding set aside in the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act (“Recovery Act”), which was signed into law by Governor Cooper on May 4, 2020.
In the Recovery Act, the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated federal funds received from the CARES Act to the Office of State Budget and Management (“OSBM”) for the purpose of mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina. The General Assembly directed that $50,000,000.00 of the funds appropriated to OSBM be utilized by various health care entities for the purchase of supplies and equipment necessary for life safety, health, and sanitation, and for the purchase of personal protective equipment that meets the federal standards and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Specifically, a portion of that allocation, 7.5%, or $3,750,000.00, is targeted for all North Carolina licensed adult care homes and family care homes. However, the Act did not specify the process, procedure, or method to implement the use, purchase, and distribution of these funds and supplies to adult and family care homes. NCALA will be part of the Task Force that works out these details.
Access to personal protective equipment and safety supplies are extremely important for the proper safety and care of residents and staff in adult and family care homes. NCALA is committed to working with the OSBM and the North Carolina Senior Living Association to determine and implement a process for how these funds for the purchase of supplies and personal protective equipment will be used and distributed. Further, NCALA will work diligently to ensure that licensed adult and family care homes in North Carolina have access to the funds for supplies set out in the Recovery Act.
We will provide additional guidance and instructions as they become available. Please reach out to NCALA if you have further questions about this, or any other COVID-19 issue.
North Carolina Assisted Living Association