Performance Improvement 2008. Are Social Services Block Grant Program Funds Used by States and Territories to Provide Services to Adults and Children?


Use of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Program funds were examined by this study. States use the flexible funding to provide a wide range of critical services to vulnerable older adults, persons with disabilities, at-risk adolescents and young adults, and children and families. Programs most frequently supported by SSBG include child care, child welfare, services for persons with disabilities, home-based services, and protective services for adults. Each year, States must submit data on SSBG expenditures and recipients for services. The SSBG appropriation for 2005 was $1.7 billion. Funds are allocated under the SSBG in proportion to each State's population.

In 2005, almost 17 million individuals received services funded partially by the SSBG. Sixty-three percent of these recipients were children. The largest number of recipients received child day care services. The service categories receiving the highest proportion of SSBG funds were child foster care services, child protective services, special services for individuals with disabilities and child day care services. For the five service categories receiving the largest amounts of funds from 2001 to 2005, expenditures increased for child care, foster care services, and special services for persons with disabilities, and decreased for child protective services and home-based services.

Report Title: Social Services Block Grant Program Annual Report, 2005,
Agency Sponsor:
ACF-OCS, Office of Community Services
Federal Contact:
Marsha Werner, 202-401-5281
Performer: Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc.

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