State Grants for Protection and Advocacy Services

To make grants to Protection and Advocacy systems as established in each State for the purpose of enabling such systems to provide services to individuals with traumatic brain injury which may include: (1) information, referrals, and advice, (2) individual and family advocacy, (3) legal representation,
and (4) specific assistance in self-advocacy.

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.

CDR Donelle McKenna, Program Director, Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Division of Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 13-103, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: 301-443-9280;
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ukrainian Center For Socially Dangerous Disease Control, State Entity $ 1,069,358   2016-09-302021-09-29
Disability Law Center Of Virginia $ 133,226   2013-10-032017-09-30
Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance $ 101,940   2013-10-012017-09-30
Disability Advocates Inc $ 354,919   2013-06-012017-09-30
Ohio Disability Rights Law And Policy Center, Inc $ 260,239   2012-10-012017-09-30
Comm Of Ky, Dpt Of Pbl Adv $ 300,000   2009-12-012017-09-30
Disabilities Rights Center Inc $ 300,000   2009-10-012017-09-30
Disability Rights Arkansas, Inc. $ 300,000   2009-10-012017-09-30
Disability Rights Washington $ 336,516   2009-10-012017-09-30
Disability Rights Oregon $ 300,000   2009-10-012017-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program was transferred from HRSA to ACL on October 1, 2015.The transfer was made in order to be responsive to Congressional intent in the most recent reauth orization of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act in 2014 and to the needs of individuals with TBI.

The transfer was a part of a consolidation of several TBI programs in ACL to promote coordination and efficiency for both the federal government and grantees.

Funds may be used to plan for, develop outreach strategies for, and carry out services for individuals with traumatic brain injury as authorized in the Section 1253 of the PHS Act.

Grant funds must supplement, not supplant, nonfederal funds available in the State in which the protection and advocacy system is established.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and Territory-designated Protection and Advocacy Systems, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, and Native American Organizations are eligible applicants for State PATBI funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with traumatic brain injury.


Applicants should review the individual 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.


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 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.


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


Public Health Service Act, Title XII, Section 1253, as amended by the Children?s Health Act of 2000, sec.1304, PL 106-310, as further amended by the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2008, sec. 6(b), PL 110-206.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Public Health Service Act, Chapter 1253. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project period for these grants is up to 48 months. Each allotment is available for obligation over a 24-month period; payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


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).

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:

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 the notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


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

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

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

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


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.


Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 4 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 4-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 4-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. CDR Donelle McKenna, Program Director, Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Division of Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 13-103, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-9280;

Headquarters Office

Christina M. Turgel 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville , Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 3014435599

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications for allotments must fulfill statutory requirements.

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