Blair Included in County Human Services Block Grant Expansion
Blair County has been added to the list of counties in line for a Human Services Block Grant.
The grant will allow counties to have more flexibility to fund their human services programs and better meet the needs of their residents.
Last year, 30 counties applied and 20 were chosen to participate in the first-ever human services block grant pilot program.
This year, the Department of Public Welfare received legislative approval to extend the program to 30 counties. Fifteen additional counties applied and 10 counties were chosen based on several factors set forth in legislation, including whether or not a county participated or applied to participate last year, county geography, population and administrative structure.
The Human Services Block Grant consists of seven funding streams that will allow counties the flexibility to decide where the money is needed most. Those funding streams are:
Mental Health Community Programs – based on local priorities around unified intake, community consultation, and education, support for families caring for members with mental disorders and community residential programs;
Intellectual Disabilities Community Base – services to individuals of all ages with an intellectual disability diagnosis not eligible for other specific waiver programs;
County Child Welfare Special Grants – services for dependent and delinquent children and their families;
Homeless Assistance Program – services that help those who are homeless with shelter, housing, rental assistance, and general case management;
Act 152 – non-hospital residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for persons eligible for Medical Assistance;
Behavioral Health Services Initiative – for treatment for individuals with serious mental health and substance abuse disorders who are not eligible for Medical Assistance;
Human Services Development Fund– assistance for a number of welfare issues, combating isolation, poverty and dependence.
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