The goal of the Grants programs is to supply grants, funding, and state loan repayments for social and support services, recruitment of needed medical personnel, and expand health care and medical services access for indigent and low income citizens of the state.
The Grants Program includes the following activities: the Technology Assistance Grant, Hotel Dieu lease payments, Rural Health Grants and the Physicians Loan Repayment Program.
The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 authorized the U.S. Department of Education to grant funds to states to establish collaborative, consumer driven statewide Technology Assistance Networks to provide assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities. The Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) is a consumer-directed, consumer-responsive advocacy and systems change project that involves consumers in planning, implementing and evaluating LATAN's activities. LATAN's mission is to collaborate with individuals with disabilities and agencies to develop and implement a seamless system of assistive technology services and supports for all individuals with disabilities in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Public Facilities Authority purchased the Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans on December 31, 1992, and leased the facility to the Department of Health and Hospitals. The LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division (HCSD) manages and operates the hospital through a cooperative agreement with the Department, and re-named the facility University Hospital.
Rural Health Grants provide time limited grants to outpatient medical clinics located in rural areas.
The Physicians Loan Repayment program provides financial assistance to primary care physicians who agree to practice in rural, physician shortage areas. The financial assistance takes the form of making payments on the loans that physicians have obtained in the course of becoming medical doctors for up to three (3) years of service.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Performance information for the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) activity is under development and will be collected during FY 1998-99 to establish baseline data.
1. In FY 1998-99, the Grant Program, through its Physicians Loan Repayment activity, will identify populations and areas lacking access to health care and will increase by 5% the number of health care providers practicing in rural and underserved areas.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with general fund, interagency transfers, and federal funds. Interagency transfers are funds from the LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division for the Hotel Dieu lease payment. Federal funds are from the Technology Assistance Grant for assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities and the Physicians Loan Repayment Program.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 108.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 110.4% of the total request ($6,739,828) for this program. Most of the difference between the existing operating budget and the amount recommended represents the transfer of the Rural Health Grant and Physicians Loan Repayment programs from the Office of Public Health to this program at the request of the Department of Health and Hospitals.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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