Georgia Emergency Department Upgrade for Behavioral Health Patients
The Georgia Emergency Department Upgrade for Behavioral Health Patients Program provides funding for small rural hospitals in counties with populations less than 35,000 to make upgrades to emergency departments for compliance with the CMS Condition of Participation (CoP) Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines.
Applicants should demonstrate how they identify patients at risk of harm to self or others and steps they are taking to minimize those risks in accordance with nationally recognized standards and guidelines. Safety measures may include:
- 1:1 monitoring with continuous visual observation or video monitoring, if appropriate
- Removal of sharp objects
- Removal of equipment that can be used as a weapon or to inflict harm
- Securing personal belongings
- Removal of any other item(s) that may contribute to harmful behavior
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a rural hospital in a county with a population of less than 35,000
- Provide matching funds in the amount of $25,000
- Be in good standing to conduct business with the State Office of Rural Health
- Operate a 24-hour Emergency Department
Award ceiling: $50,000
Estimated number of awards: 5
Applicants are required to produce matching funds in the amount of $25,000.
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