Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant
Unique in its design and scope, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant is the only Federal program that focuses solely on improving the health of all mothers, adolescents, children, including children and youth with special health care needs, and families, whether insured or not and regardless of income level. The program is administered through well-established Federal/State partnerships, with States having broad discretion in implementing programs that meet their specific MCH priority needs. Most of the MCH Block Grant funds are allocated to the States through formula-based block grants. The Block grant program provides support to all 59 States and jurisdictions.
The MCH Block Grant program (sometimes called Title V) plays an important role in the delivery of appropriate and effective care for all MCH populations. Title V programs work towards the elimination of health disparities in health outcomes through the removal of economic, social, and cultural barriers to receiving comprehensive, timely, and appropriate health care. Special efforts are made to build community capacity to deliver such enabling services as care coordination, transportation, home visiting, and nutrition counseling. The Program supports direct care; core public health functions such as resource development, capacity and systems building; population-based functions such as public information and education, knowledge development, outreach and program linkage; technical assistance to communities; and provider training. Maternal and Child Health Services programs engage in outreach efforts in shelters and other social services to bring high-risk women and children into care and reverse the health effects of homelessness.
First level: states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Second level: Sub-grants are made to service providers and local organizations.
Low-income women and children are the primary beneficiaries of programs funded by Title V.
Funding is allocated by formula to states territories and the District of Columbia, which then distribute funds to local and non-profit service providers. There is also grant funding for Special Projects of Regional and National Significance, and Community Integrated Service Systems.