.15 Award of Subsidies to a Provider.

A. The Department may award subsidies to a provider if:

(1) The Department has certified the facility;

(2) Sufficient State funds for congregate housing service subsidies are available in the Department's budget;

(3) The cost of services to be provided and the amount of subsidies required per participant are consistent with costs in comparable facilities; and

(4) The provider and the Department have entered into a purchase of services agreement for the applicable fiscal year.

B. If a provider desires subsidies for its participants beyond the initial fiscal year that subsidies are awarded, the provider shall request annually that the Department renew the subsidy award.