St. Antoine Residence receives $1 million ‘Support and Change’ grant

St. Antoine Residence receives $1 million ‘Support and Change’ grant

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The St. Antoine Residence was among 10 nursing facilities that received “Support and Change” grants from the state as part of a $25 million investment of CARES Act funding into long-term services and supports.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced in October the St. Antoine Residence would receive $1 million as part of the program. Nine other nursing homes also received between $500,000 and $1 million in funding. According to the announcement, the funds will go to nursing facilities that applied to the program seeking support to diversify their business models to remain viable through the public health emergency, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, diversify their revenue and expand quality services to specialized populations.

“The COVID-19 public health emergency has had a significant impact on Rhode Island’s nursing facilities,” said Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones. “This partnership represents an opportunity to extend that cooperation to build strong resilience for the current crisis and improve health outcomes for all Rhode Islanders in need of long-term services and supports.”

Under this program, facilities submitted proposals for additional financial assistance, detailing transformation plans and the number of licensed beds to either be de-licensed, taken out of service or reserved for specialized resident needs. Successful applicants needed to demonstrate organizational readiness, community partnerships, Medicaid participation, a clear and well-structured work plan and a clear commitment to nursing facility diversification or building of specialized service capacity.