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Area of Critical Need Facility Designations

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Facilities, specified in Florida Statute as being eligible for designation as an ACN Facility under s.458.315, F.S. These are county health departments, correctional facilities,department of veterans’ affairs clinics, or community health centers funded by s. 329,s. 330, or s. 340 of the United States Public Health Services Act.

Other facilities, not specified in the statute, may be eligible for designation as an ACN Facility if they are physically located in a federally-designated Health Professional
Shortage Area (HPSA).

The link to check the HPSA designation is:
HPSA Designation

If your facility is one of the facility types specified in paragraph 1, above:

A person authorized to represent the facility should contact the Volunteer Health Services Office and request designation as an Area of Critical Need Facility. The request may be sent by regular mail or email. Include in the subject line, ACN Facility Designation Request.

The request must include:

  • The business name of the organization or medical practice
  • The type of medical practice/specialty (i.e., Family Practice, Pediatrics,  Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, etc.)
  • The physical address of the facility (including the zip code.)
  • The contact information of the individual submitting the request including phone number.
  • The phone number and email address for the business.

If your facility is not one of the facility types specified in paragraph 1:

A person authorized to represent the facility should contact the Volunteer Health Services Office and request designation as an Area of Critical Need Facility. The request may be sent by regular mail or email. Include in the subject line, ACN Facility Designation Request.

The request must include:

  • The business name of the organization or medical practice.
  • The type of medical practice/specialty (i.e., Family Practice, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, etc.)
  • The physical address of the facility (including the zip code.)
  • The contact information of the individual submitting the request including phone number.
  • The phone number and email address for the business.

The physical address of the organization or practice will be compared to the HPSA database maintained in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geospatial Data Warehouse to determine whether or not the facility is located within a federally designated HPSA. Facilities that are not located in a HPSA are not eligible for designation as an Area of Critical Need Facility.

* Facilities Approved as Areas of Critical Need

Where to Send a Request for Area of Critical Need Facility Designation

Volunteer Health Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735
Phone:(850)245-4444 ext. 2720
Fax: (850)922-6296
 

Attention to:
Name: Brenda McKay
Email:  Brenda.McKay2@flhealth.gov
Phone  (850)245-4444 ext. 2720         

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