Civil Monetary Penalties

$100,000 in grants available to help nursing home residents digitally connect with family and friends, preventative care during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) have announced that federally certified skilled nursing facilities are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Money Penalty (“CMP”) funds to procure smart devices and related accessories that help residents virtually connect with family and friends and access preventative care, such as telehealth services.

As part of Rhode Island’s digiAGE Collaborative effort to bridge the digital divide for older adults throughout the state, the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (OHHS), in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, is allocating $100,000 in CMP funds to this effort. For more information about this grant opportunity, reference the COVID-19 Application FAQs.


Supplemental Narrative

To apply for this grant opportunity, certified nursing homes in Rhode Island should send their completed application to by Friday, August 21. Given the limited availability of funding, applicants should include with their application a supplemental narrative inclusive of:

  • Information regarding current and ongoing tech access/enablement activities and efforts
  • Direct focus on family member/community connections via technology
  • Detailed plan on how residents will access the devices 
  • Effort to ensure multiuser interface of the devices
  • Yearly average of Medicaid reimbursed residents

All applications will be evaluated to verify that requests for the equipment are within parameters established by CMS and the State of Rhode Island. Selected facilities will receive an approval letter from OHHS with fund disbursement information.

Key Dates:

July 17, 2020 – Applications live

Aug 7, 2020 -- Applications due
Application deadline extended to August 21, 2020