News for Immediate
Oct. 10, 2013
Services Block Grant Expands to Include 10 Additional Counties
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett announced today that the Human Services Block Grant has been expanded
to 10 additional Pennsylvania counties, allowing them to have more flexibility
to fund their human services programs and better meet the needs of their
20 counties already participating have demonstrated innovative ways to manage
the block grant money, a success that we’re looking forward to replicating in the
10 new counties in order to better meet the needs of our local citizens,” Corbett said.
year, 30 counties applied and 20 were chosen to participate in the first-ever
human services block grant pilot program.
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.
are thrilled that Governor Corbett and the legislature have given more counties
the opportunity to provide services by shifting dollars from underused areas
and making funding decisions based on the needs of the families and individuals
who come to the county seeking help,” said Berks County Commissioner Christian
Leinbach, president of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
“These 10 new counties in the program will now be able to better serve the
health and human services needs of their residents.”
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;
Disabilities Community Base – services to individuals of all ages with an
intellectual disability diagnosis not eligible for other specific waiver
- County Child
Welfare Special Grants – services for dependent and delinquent children
and their families;
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;
Health Services Initiative – for treatment for individuals with serious
mental health and substance abuse disorders who are not eligible for
Medical Assistance; and
- Human Services
Development Fund– assistance for a number of welfare issues, combating
isolation, poverty and dependence.
10 new counties joining the block grant this year include: Blair, Cambria,
Lackawanna, McKean, Montgomery, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Washington and
stories from counties already participating in the program are available at www.dpw.state.pa.us. Type “2013 Block
Grant Success Stories” into the search function.
is an alphabetical listing of the original 20 counties that began participating
in the block grant last year and will continue to participate this year.
Media contact: Jay Pagni, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Miller, DPW; 717-425-7606