Beginning August 3, 2018 all new Community Based Organizations (CBO) applicants will be evaluated based on the revised rules and criteria adopted in Decision (D)15.07.007 and D.18.01.006.
“Community based organization” is defined as a small, nongovernmental, California nonprofit corporation which itself directly serves individuals and families and which offers services to anyone who needs it without charge or at a minimal fee.
- Revenues less than $5 million. Large CBOs with small individual local chapters or offices can apply for the local individual organization if that individual organization operates below the $5 million cap.
- Qualifying services* must be 50% or more of a CBO’s mission
- IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt letter
- IRS 990 or other financial statements and attestation, if they do not have a From 900 or if they Form 990 is inadequate
- Provides its community access to the internet (community access means members of the community – not just staff – must be able to use the computers) – except for Health Care/ Health Services or 2-1-1 CBOs;
- Provides services directly to individuals at specific geographic locations;
- A majority of the members of the Board of Directors are members of the community the organization serves;
- Services are provided directly or through some closely related indirect assistance. “Indirect Assistance” means providing assistance on site to those unable to do so because of disability or limited English proficiency;
- Internet access for purely administrative purposes continues to be prohibited;
- Religious organizations must meet all the CBO criteria above and provide qualifying services through a separate legal entity that files a separate federal income tax return;
- 2-1-1 information and referral CBOs will continue to be eligible as approved by Commission resolution;
- The following eligibility criteria apply to Health Care/Health Services CBOs in addition to the general CBO eligibility criteria above:
- Have annual revenues of less than $50 million
- The licensed medical personnel that are required to be on site must provide Healthcare services to patients and not just provide administrative services
- Eligible Healthcare shall include those covered by any Californian medical insurance or government funded medical plan such as Medi-cal, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs insurance, and/or provides services without charge or at a minimal fee
- California Telehealth Network members shall be individually be qualified before receiving California Teleconnect Fund discounts.
- An initial budget cap will be adopted for the Health Care/Health Services CBO category as a whole and an initial budget cap will be adopted for the California Telehealth Network membership group in particular
*”Qualifying services” include: health care, job training, job placement, 2-1-1 referral and information services, and educational instruction**, or a community technology program providing access to and training in the internet and other technologies.
**“Educational instruction” is “regular, ongoing, pre-school or k-12 academic educational or instructional programs, that can also include, ESL and language education, literacy, job training, technology instruction, and information on public benefit and social services programs eligibility and access.”
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