U.S. Repatriation

The United States (U.S.) Repatriation Program was established by Title XI, Section 1113 of the Social Security Act (Assistance for U.S.

Citizens Returned from Foreign Countries) to provide temporary assistance to U.S.

citizens and their dependents who have been identified by the Department
of State (DOS) as having returned, or been brought from a foreign country to the U.S.

because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without available resources immediately accessible to meet their needs.

The Program was later expanded in response to legislation enacted by Congress to address the particular needs of persons with mental illness (24 U.S.C.

Sections 321 through 329).

In addition, through Executive Order (E.O.) 12656 (53 CFR 47491) as amended, HHS was given the lead to ?develop plans and procedures, in coordination with the heads of Federal departments and agencies, for assistance to United States citizens or others evacuated from overseas areas.?.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: One Cooperative Agreement of $932,000 was awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: One Cooperative Agreement of $931,000 will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: One Cooperative Agreement of $1,000,000 is anticipated to be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Repatriation Program is to provide temporary assistance which is defined by legislation as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting (e.g.

shelter), transportation, and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services) furnished within the U. S. to repatriates who are referred or brought back to the U. S. by the U. S. Department of State, and who are determined eligible under Program regulations.

This temporary assistance is given in the form of a loan and must be repaid to the U. S. Government.

Repatriates sign repayment agreements in which they agree to repay all repatriation costs to the federal government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Social service organizations with expertise in mental health, child welfare, the criminal justice system, and emergency assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

ORR authorized staff determines eligibility for citizens and their dependents who have been identified by the Department of State (DOS) as having returned, or been brought from a foreign country to the U.S. because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without resources immediately accessible to meet their needs. In addition, U.S. nationals who are determined eligible by an authorized ORR staff in accordance to 211.3.


Written statement from the Department of State containing information and documents required to establish eligibility under applicable HHS Repatriation Program regulations (e.g. proof of U.S. Citizenship, certificate of mental condition). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded through the Administration for Children and Families discretionary grants procedures.


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


42 U.S.C. 1313 and 24 U.S.C. 321-329 , 24 U.S.C 9.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Project periods are for five years with one year budget periods.

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

Grants are awarded for a five-year project period with annual budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as required, for reimbursement of expenditures from the HHS Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required quarterly; a final report is required 90 days after the end of the project period.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required quarterly and ad-hoc.

The progress reports include updates on individual cases and the status of payments and collections.

The Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required.

There is ongoing desk monitoring of the grantee and yearly on-site monitoring.


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.


The grantee must maintain records for three years after the conclusion of the project period. Before destroying cases, notice must be provided to designated Program Manager for applicable guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $932,000; FY 17 est $931,000; and FY 18 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

One Cooperative Agreement is awarded each year of the project period.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 U.S.C. 1313 - Assistance for United States Citizens Returned from Foreign Countries, 24 U.S.C. 321-329 - Hospitalization of Mentally Ill Nationals Returned from Foreign Countries. Regulations found under 45 C.F.R. Part 212 and 45 C.F.R. Part 211 A fact sheet and other information is available from the Headquarters Office and at the website http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/repatriation

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Elizabeth B. Russell Coordinator, HHS Repatriation Program and Refugee Emergency Programs U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families Office of Refugee Resettlement Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Elizabeth.Russell@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 401-4845 Fax: (202) 401-0981

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria are included in the grant announcement.

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