Block Grants

The public is invited to comment on federal grants awarded to the Department of Human Services during the State Legislative Session, which takes place January through March each year. If you would like to comment, please click here to see the dates and agendas for the Health and Human Services appropriations hearings.

Mental Health Block Grant

Allows DHS to provide a comprehensive array of mental health services at a local level.

State Plan: Open to comments Sept. 1 – Sept. 30. Copies may be requested after Oct. 31.

Contact: Kyle Larson

Social Services Block Grant

Flexible federal assistance for social services such as prevention of abuse, neglect, rehabilitation, self-reliance, etc. (See 42USC1297).

Local discretionary funds are distributed from this grant to local entities, who can use them within given guidelines. Comments for discretionary funds are open during the same time period as the Social Services Block Grant.

Use of Funds: Comments open prior to start of the fiscal year (July 1).

Pre-Expenditure Report: Comments open after July 1. Copies also available during this time

Post-Expenditure Report: Copies available six months after fiscal year end (June 30).

Contact: Justin Garner

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

Allows for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through education, counseling, testing and reference to medical assistance (see 45CFR96-Subpart L).

State Plan: Comments open Sept. 1 – Sept. 30. Copies may be requested after Oct. 31.

Contact: Kyle Larson