Title V MCH Block Grant
Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program
The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is a federal-state partnership that is a key source of support for promoting and improving the health and well-being of the nation's mothers, children, including children with special needs and their families.
Authorized under Title V of the 1935 federal Social Security Act, Title V was converted to a Block Grant Program in 1981. State allocations are determined by a formula that takes into consideration the proportion of the number of low-income children in a state compared to the total number of low-income children in the United States.
The Title V MCH Block Grant Program requires that every $4 of federal Title V MCH Block Grant money must be matched by at least $3 of state and/or local money. The program also requires that a minimum of 30% of federal Title V MCH Block Grant funds be used to support services for children and youth with special health needs, and 30% of federal funds be used to provide preventive and primary care services for children.
Each year, the Indiana State Department of Health reports on Indiana’s Title V MCH Block Grant program expenditures, activities, performance measures, and outcomes. Indiana's most recent information can be found on the HRSA Maternal & Child Health website.
As a part of the Title V MCH Block Grant Program, every five years Indiana is required to complete a comprehensive statewide needs assessment on the health and well-being of mothers, children and youth, including children and youth with special health needs, and their families. This assessment helps identify state MCH priority issues and provides direction for Title V MCH Block Grant activities.