Health Center Program Look-Alike (LAL) Initial Designation (ID) Technical Assistance

Interim 2020 LAL ID Application Instructions (PDF - 391 KB) Now Available

The interim 2020 LAL ID application instructions align with the Health Center Program Compliance Manual. Carefully review the Compliance Manual to ensure compliance with all Health Center Program requirements prior to applying.

To support an application system update this summer, the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) application module will shut down July 21 and reopen August 14. The LAL ID instructions will be updated in conjunction with the system update.

Using these interim instructions, you have until July 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your application, or 90 days after the application is started in EHBs, whichever comes first.

WARNING: If you miss the July 20 cut off, you will have to wait until August 14 to start your application, and utilize the updated LAL ID instructions releasing around that time.

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Overview

Health Center Program look-alikes are health centers that, like Health Center Program award recipients, improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. While LALs do not receive Health Center Program funding, once designated, they become eligible to apply for several beneficial programs:

Health Center Program LALs ensure access to comprehensive primary health care services that are responsive to identified health care needs, provide services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and meet all Health Center Program requirements.

Who Can Apply?

Organizations eligible to apply for LAL ID include public or nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive primary care to underserved populations and operate in compliance with Health Center Program requirements. See the Eligibility section of the LAL ID application instructions for the full list of eligibility criteria. Applicants must demonstrate eligibility and compliance (based on the Health Center Program Compliance Manual) both in the LAL ID application and during an operational site visit.

How to Apply

Submit your ID application via the HRSA EHBs. Note that you must first register in the System for Award Management.

Technical Assistance Resources

Sample Application Components

The following samples and templates are for planning purposes only. Applicants must upload attachments and enter information into EHBs according to the LAL ID instructions.

Performance Measures

The following samples and templates are for planning purposes only. Applicants must enter information into EHBs. Note that these forms will be revised during the upcoming system update.

For more information on performance measures, see:

  • Health Center Data for Uniform Data System (UDS) resources, including the most recent updates to the reporting system for Health Center Program performance measures and patient data
  • 2019 UDS Manual (PDF - 1.7 MB) for definitions and UDS reporting details

Contact

Look-Alike Initial Designation Program Information

LAL ID Technical Assistance Web Form HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer

  • Complete the Contact Form, Contact Record, Organization, Contact Verification screens
  • Select Applicant as Requestor Type
  • Select “Health Center” on the Health Center or EHBs Question screen
  • Select Look-Alike (LAL) and Look-Alike Initial Designation

Phone: 301-594-4300

HRSA EHBs Support

Health Center Program Support Web Form HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer

  • Complete the Contact Form, Contact Record, Organization, Contact Verification screens
  • Select Applicant as Requestor Type
  • Select “EHBs” on the Health Center or EHBs Question screen
  • Select Look-Alike (LAL) - Systems Questions

Phone: 877-464-4772

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* Disclaimer: Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this recording. For assistance, please email lookalike@hrsa.gov or call 301-594-4300.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2020