Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

This program supports state and territory programs in developing a comprehensive and coordinated system of care targeted toward ensuring that newborns and infants receive appropriate timely services including continuous screening, evaluation, diagnosis and early intervention services.

Additionally,
family engagement and leadership is also a focus of this program, as families have a unique perspective on how the system currently affects them personally and can provide invaluable insight on the strategies that can be implemented to improve the system.

The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) program also provides support to two organizations that assist the grantees/territories with technical assistance.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Sadie Silcott, Integrated Services Branch, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 18W57, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0133.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
The University Of South Dakota $ 480,000   2020-04-012024-03-31
Department Of Health $ 480,000   2020-04-012024-03-31
Norcal Services For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing $ 480,000   2020-04-012024-03-31
Human Services, Colorado Department Of $ 490,000   2020-04-012024-03-31
University Of Guam $ 725,012   2012-09-012024-03-31
Executive Office Of The Governor Of Delaware $ 508,354   2012-04-012024-03-31
Public Health, Iowa Department Of $ 730,000   2014-04-012024-03-31
Health And Social Services, Alaska Department Of $ 730,000   2000-04-012024-03-31
Health, Hawaii Department Of $ 661,119   2000-04-012024-03-31
Department Of Health Minnesota $ 729,974   2000-04-012024-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: TBA. Fiscal Year 2017: TBA. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program supports state and territory programs in developing a comprehensive and coordinated system of care targeted toward ensuring that newborns and infants receive appropriate timely services including continuous screening, evaluation, diagnosis and early intervention services.

Additionally, family engagement and leadership is also a focus of this program, as families have a unique perspective on how the system currently affects them personally and can provide invaluable insight on the strategies that can be implemented to improve the system.

Program initiatives include health care professional engagement; partnering and coordinating with early interventions services; and active family engagement within the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system.

States/territories should have relationships with pertinent partners including Title V programs, early intervention programs, home visiting programs, and family organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants to states/territories and cooperative agreements to two organizations that will provide technical assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants and newborns who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families/caretakers.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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 Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Section 399M of the PHS Act, (42 U.S.C. 280g-1), as amended by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Final decisions are made 2 to 3 months after receipt of applications.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Project periods are for 3 years. A progress report must be submitted annually. Budgetary information may be submitted annually for each project year.

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

Awards are made annually, in accordance with the project period method of awarding grants. Payments are made through a Letter-of-Credit or Cash Demand System. 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

The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report).

Performance Reports include annual reporting of performance measures data, as approved by Office of Management and Budget after public review via Federal Register Notice.

Data collection related to the program performance measures is required periodically to monitor grantee progress.

The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/technicalassistance/federalfinancialreport/ffrschedule.pdf.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.

L.

109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

No expenditure reports are required.

The following review criteria apply to state/territory Grants: (1) The extent to which the state/territory demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the problem ? newborns and infants that are not screened before one month of age, that do not receive an audiologic diagnosis before three months of age; and that are not enrolled into an early intervention program by the age of six months in order to facilitate age appropriate development of language and social skills.

; (2) The extent to which the state/territory proposes a plan to address possible challenges regarding newborns and infants having access to timely and appropriate services ; (3) The strength and effectiveness of the method proposed to monitor and evaluate progress towards goals and the project results; (4) The extent to which the state/territory proposes a plan to continually assess the impact of grant activities as it relates to newborns and infants who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families as well as active family engagement and leadership; (5) The extent to which project personnel are qualified by training and/or experienced to implement and execute the statewide/territory plan objectives.

(6) Reasonableness of the proposed budget, and effectiveness of the proposed plan to accomplish the goals and objectives the state/territory has for its UNHS program.

Federal Financial Report Cash Transaction Report.

Refer to the notice of funding opportunity.

Refer to the 'program reports' details above.

Refer to the 'program reports' details above.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Review (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

75-0354-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $16,294,812; FY 17 est $17,210,532; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants to states and territories:: FY 15 $175,000-$250,000. Average award of $236,000. FY 16 $175,000-$250,000. Average award of $236,376 FY 17 est $195,000-$250,000. Average award of $248,000 Grants to LEND Audiology Programs FY 17 $942, 259. $62, 624- $80,000. Average award of $78,521 Cooperative Agreements: FY 15 $1,500,000 Average Award of $1,500,000 FY 16 $1,500,000 Average Award of $1,500,000 FY 17 (two awards) est $1,200,000/$500,000 Average Award of $850,000.

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. Sadie Silcott, Integrated Services Branch, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 18W57, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0133.

Headquarters Office

Sadie Silcott, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18W57, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-0133.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The objective review of all applications includes thorough and consistent examinations of each submission by persons knowledgeable in the field for that support is requested and has no direct relationship with the organization or individual submitting the application and do not have personal or invested interest in the award of a grant to that organization or individual. Peer review is a system that uses reviewers that are the professional equals of the principal investigator or program director and will be responsible for directing or conducting the proposed project. That is a form of objective review. Reviewers may be Federal or nonfederal. Final review criteria are included in the application kit.


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