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Health Center Program Statutory Change: Employment of Health Center CEO/Project Director

HRSA continues to assess changes made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. The law now requires a health center to directly employ its Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Project Director (Section 330 (k)(3)(H)(ii)). HRSA anticipates releasing an updated Compliance Manual and compliance-related tools (i.e., Site Visit Protocol, Conditions Library) to align with statutory changes by July 2018. HRSA will begin assessing compliance with this new requirement through fiscal year (FY) 2019 Service Area Competition applications and operational site visits occurring after release of the updated Compliance Manual. 

HRSA encourages all health centers that do not directly employ their CEO/Project Director to begin any necessary changes in employment arrangements in accordance with this statutory requirement.