The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, December 14, 2021



A Future Reimagined

CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined is the place where health and human service leaders will come together to reimagine the future of our sector and create a more successful tomorrow. We invite our network leaders to join us January 23–26 in Tampa for an intensive three-day forum featuring leading experts in a highly interactive and trusted environment. At a time of significant disruption and uncertainty, this is an opportunity to think strategically about our sector and reimagine the future. Plus, we’ll hold our 2022 Annual Meeting where member CEOs will vote on Lutheran Services in America board members and our FY 2023 budget.

Register and book your room at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel by January 1 to take advantage of our discount hotel group rate.



CMS Updates

Funding Opportunity

  • American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities Funding prioritized for organizations serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Funder also wants to invest in communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely impacted by inequities and underinvestment, such as African American and Tribal communities.
    • Priority issue areas include:
    • Health and wellness
    • Education
    • Food security
    • Economic opportunity
      Application Deadline: Thursday, February 3, 2022
  •  Collaboration to Reduce Social Isolation for Older Adults The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) announced a new technical assistance opportunity to reduce social isolation among older adults. NCMM will facilitate collaborations among state-level agencies who are interested in addressing the role of transportation in reducing social isolation. Eligible agencies include state or tribal departments of transportation, public health, aging, and similar agencies that have a role relevant to the issue.
  •  Empowering Communities to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs Funding to help communities reduce falls and/or falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities through the implementation of evidence-based falls prevention programs.
    Closing date: Jan. 25, 2022.
    Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  •  Wells Fargo Community Giving Grants   Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing affordability, financial health, small business growth, and the environment.
    Application Deadline:  On-going opportunity


Advocacy Update

Congress Reaches Agreement on Debt Limit Increase and Defense Policy Bill

On Thursday Congress passed legislation that will raise the debt limit, and avoid a federal default on the nation’s debt, by allowing Democrats to circumvent a GOP filibuster in the Senate. On Tuesday, the House also passed a compromise $768 billion defense policy bill after weeks of negotiations and the Senate is expected to vote on the bill early this week. These agreements clear up much needed time for lawmakers to focus on the Build Back Better Act, the final major piece of legislation to be passed before the end of year.

In order to advance Build Back Better, Senate Democrats still need to come to agreement on paid family leave, immigration, and clean energy provisions to garner the 50 votes needed for passage. They also need to await a final ruling from the Parliamentarian, who will decide what provisions can be passed through the budget reconciliation process.

We continue to hear that the $150 billion for home and community-based services remains in the package for now, but Lutheran Services in America will continue to advocate to retain key provisions that would help address the acute direct care workforce shortage and expand access to home and community-based services including:

  • $150 billion to incentivize states to deliver or improve home- and community-based service programs, including through increasing wages and benefits for direct care workers;
  • $1 billion for a grant program funding strategies to recruit and retain direct care workers; and
  • the provisions of the WORK NOW Act to create a $50 billion grant program supporting nonprofits in paying wages and benefits.

However, there are two provisions which are problematic for our members providing skilled nursing services which we’re asking Senators to oppose and remove:

  • Mandating a registered nurse on staff 24 hours a day at skilled nursing facilities (from 8 hours/day), a late addition to the House bill and one that doesn’t include additional funding.
  • Requiring a three-year study of minimum skilled nursing staff levels and that the minimums be met within one year and without additional funding.

Please join us in raising our voice to Senators on these issues through our advocacy alert.



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