Look-Alike Annual Certification (AC) Application Instructions & Resources

Look-Alike Annual Certification Submission Availability and Deadline Schedule

Certification Period Start Date HRSA EHBs Access HRSA EHBs Deadline
January 1, 2021 August 3, 2020 October 2, 2020
February 1, 2021 September 3, 2020 November 2, 2020
March 1, 2021 October 1, 2020 November 30, 2020
April 1, 2021 November 1, 2020 December 31, 2020
May 1, 2021 December 1, 2020 January 30, 2021
June 1, 2021 January 1, 2021 March 2, 2021

About the Annual Certification (AC)

The AC submission provides an update on the progress of Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs). The AC submission reports on progress made from the beginning of a LAL’s current certification period until the date of AC submission; the expected progress for the remainder of the current certification period; and any projected changes for the upcoming certification period.

Reporting Your Certification Period Progress

Current certification period: report progress to date > report expected progress. Upcoming certification period: report projected changes.

How to Apply

Existing LALs will receive an email notification from the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) when the AC is available for input and submission. If you do not receive an expected email regarding AC access 150 calendar days prior to the end of your current LAL designation period, please contact your HRSA project officer for assistance.

Annual Certification Submission Schedule

AC submissions are due 90 days prior to the end of the certification period. The HRSA EHBs system will send email reminders to your organization’s contacts identified in the system 150 days prior to the end of the certification period to inform them that the submission is accessible in HRSA EHBs. Once notified that the submission is available, you will have 60 days to complete and submit it in HRSA EHBs. All LALs are required to submit an AC submission within the certification period, by the established deadline.

Technical Assistance Resources

Submission Components

These Program Specific Forms must be completed in EHBs. The versions below are for reference and planning purposes only.


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Program Information

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HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Date Last Reviewed:  September 2020