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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice of Class Deviation from Competition Requirements for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC) Program (H84).

SUMMARY:

HRSA will be issuing non-competitive awards under the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Program. Approximately $4.9M will be made available in the form of a grant to current grantees (see below) during the budget period of 6/1/2013—5/31/2014. This will provide for an extension of the program for one year, as provided for in section 624 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-240) (ATRA) with the least disruption to the states, communities, and constituencies that currently receive assistance and services from these grantees.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Intended Recipients of the Awards: The 51 incumbent grantees of record (listed below).

Amount of the Non-Competitive Awards: Up to $95,700 per grantee.

CFDA Number: 93.504.

Period of Supplemental Funding: 6/1/2013-5/31/2014.

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Authority: Section 501(c)(1) of the Social Security Act, as amended.

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Justification: The F2F HIC program provides grants to family-run/staffed organizations to ensure families of children with special health care needs have access to adequate information about health and community resources to facilitate informed and shared decision-making around their children's health care. F2F HICs were originally authorized under the Budget Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-171). Congress specified that there be a family-run/staffed center in each state and the District of Columbia that, among other tasks, assists families of children with special health care needs to make informed choices about health care in order to promote good treatment decisions, cost effectiveness, and improved health outcomes; and provides information and educational opportunities for families, their health professionals, schools, and other appropriate entities. The earlier law was later amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148), which made funding available until fiscal year (FY) 2012. As the end of the F2F HIC project period Start Printed Page 35289quickly approached and continued funding was not provided in the President's Budget for FY 2013, MCHB prepared for closeout of the program.

Section 624 of the ATRA extended the F2F HICs through FY 2013. Under typical circumstances, the project period for the grantees would end on May 31, 2013, and a robust competitive process would take place. As the program's extension is only for one year, MCHB would not have sufficient time to conduct a robust competition and appropriately continue these grants without a break in the grant. MCHB proposes to extend the project periods of these grants by 12 months to properly respond to direction of the F2F HIC program's extension, enacted in the ATRA. This will provide sufficient fiscal resources to continue programmatic activities as outlined in program authorization with the least disruption to the states, communities, and the MCHB constituencies that currently receive assistance and services from these grantees.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

LaQuanta Smalley, Integrated Services Branch, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-61, Rockville, MD 20857; 301.443.2370; lsmalley@hrsa.gov.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Selected Grant Programs Extensions with Funding

Grantee/Organization nameGrant No.StateFY 2012 Authorized funding levelRevised project end date
Stone Soup GroupH84MC12893AK$95,70031-May-2014.
Family Voices of Alabama Inc.H84MC12901AL95,70031-May-2014.
Arkansas Disability CoalitionH84MC12900AR95,70031-May-2014.
Raising Special KidsH84MC07942AZ95,70031-May-2014.
Support for Families of Children w/DisabilitiesH84MC07943CA95,70031-May-2014.
Colorado Nonprofit Development CenterH84MC15142CO95,70031-May-2014.
PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CTH84MC21663CT95,70031-May-2014.
Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.H84MC21661DC95,70031-May-2014.
Delaware Family Voices, Inc.H84MC21662DE95,70031-May-2014.
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.H84MC21660FL95,70031-May-2014.
Parent to Parent of Georgia, Inc.H84MC07947GA95,70031-May-2014.
Hawaii Pediatric Association Research & Education FoundationH84MC07999HI95,70031-May-2014.
ASK Resource CenterH84MC24065IA95,70031-May-2014.
Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc.H84MC12896ID95,70031-May-2014.
The Arc of IllinoisH84MC06873IL95,70031-May-2014.
Family Voices IndianaH84MC21659IN95,70031-May-2014.
Families Together, Inc.H84MC09487KS95,70031-May-2014.
Commission for CSHCNH84MC12897KY95,70031-May-2014.
Bayou Land Families Helping FamiliesH84MC08043LA95,70031-May-2014.
Federation for Children with Special NeedsH84MC08005MA95,70031-May-2014.
The Parent's Place of MarylandH84MC07946MD95,70031-May-2014.
Maine Parent FederationH84MC00003ME95,70031-May-2014.
SEMHA PPA FCCYSHCNH84MC09365MI95,70031-May-2014.
PACER Center, Inc.H84MC00005MN95,70031-May-2014.
Curators, University of MissouriH84MC09484MO95,70031-May-2014.
University of Southern MississippiH84MC07948MS95,70031-May-2014.
Parent's Let's Unite for KidsH84MC09367MT95,70031-May-2014.
Exceptional Children's Assistance CenterH84MC08000NC95,70031-May-2014.
Family Voices of North Dakota, IncH84MC07992ND95,70031-May-2014.
PTI NebraskaH84MC08009NE95,70031-May-2014.
NH Coalition for Citizens w/DisabilitiesH84MC09488NH95,70031-May-2014.
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of NJH84MC07997NJ95,70031-May-2014.
Parents Reaching Out to HelpH84MC08007NM95,70031-May-2014.
Family TIES of Nevada, Inc.H84MC08001NV95,70031-May-2014.
Parent to Parent of NYSH84MC08006NY95,70031-May-2014.
Family Voices of OhioH84MC12903OH95,70031-May-2014.
The Oklahoma Family Network, Inc.H84MC09368OK95,70031-May-2014.
Oregon Health and Science UniversityH84MC21658OR95,70031-May-2014.
Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership CenterH84MC07998PA95,70031-May-2014.
Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc.H84MC08002RI95,70031-May-2014.
Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.H84MC12895SC95,70031-May-2014.
South Dakota Parent Connection, Inc.H84MC07994SD95,70031-May-2014.
Tennessee Disability CoalitionH84MC00004TN95,70031-May-2014.
Texas Parent to ParentH84MC07993TX95,70031-May-2014.
Utah Parent CenterH84MC07996UT95,70031-May-2014.
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityH84MC09486VA95,70031-May-2014.
Vermont Family NetworkH84MC21657VT95,70031-May-2014.
Washington PAVEH84MC09369WA95,70031-May-2014.
Family Voices of Wisconsin, Inc.H84MC21690WI95,70031-May-2014.
West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc.H84MC12898WV95,70031-May-2014.
University of WyomingH84MC24069WY95,70031-May-2014.
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Dated: June 5, 2013.

Mary K. Wakefield,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2013-13941 Filed 6-11-13; 8:45 am]

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