Contact the Arizona Congressional Delegation NOW!
The Small Business Administration is now offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans which provide up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic . These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

However, on 3/21/2020, Mitch McConnell introduced S3548; The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act. This relief package is meant to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by COVID-19. One of the listed benefits states that businesses who access the Small Business Administration loans may have those loans forgiven if they maintain their employees and benefits during the crisis; yet it specifically excludes non-profits who receive any Medicaid payments from being eligible for the SBA loan program. See below:

(b) INCREASED ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN SMALL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.(1) IN GENERAL. — During the covered period, any business concern, private nonprofit organization, or public nonprofit organization which employs not more than 500 employees shall be eligible to receive a loan made under section (a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)), in addition to small business concerns.

(2) EXCLUSION OF NONPROFITS RECEIVING MEDICAID EXPENDITURES. Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a nonprofit entity eligible for payment for items or services furnished under a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 14et seq.) or under a waiver of such plan.

Read the text of the bill here:

Please contact the Arizona congressional delegation TODAY and tell them to allow non-profits which provide Medicaid services to be eligible for the SBA loan program, and share the impact COVID-19 has had on employee staffing, ability to offer necessary services, and the need for equal relief for non-profit organizations that receive Medicaid funding.

MHA AZ wishes you good physical and mental health!
Please reach out should you have questions or would like additional information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and available systems of support.
MHA AZ Board of Directors

Josh Mozell, JD, Board Chair
Chuck Goldstein, MD, Vice Chair
Jason Bernstein, CPA, Treasurer
Matthew Moody, MC, Secretary
Karen Pitico, LCSW, MPH
Marcus Johnson, MPH
Laurie Goldstein
Chuck Montgomery
Amanda Stamps
Adwoa John
Laura Dix, MS
Gregory Robins
Beth Brady, LAC

MHA AZ Staff

Erin Callinan, MSW, Associate Director