MDHHS invites public comment on Title V Block Grant application


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites the public to comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant application. Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 provides funding to states to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs.

Per federal requirements, a five-year needs assessment was completed in 2015 and a summary is included in the application. Based on the needs assessment, the seven priorities for the state for 2016-2020 are aimed at improving the health of the MCH population by:

  • Reducing barriers, improving access and increasing availability of health services for all populations.
  • Supporting coordination and linkage across the perinatal to pediatric continuum of care.
  • Investing in prevention and early intervention strategies.
  • Increasing family and provider support and education for children with special health care needs.
  • Increasing access to and utilization of evidence-based oral health practices and services.
  • Fostering safer homes, schools and environments with a focus on prevention.
  • Promoting social and emotional well-being through the provision of behavioral health services.

These priorities are linked to state and national performance measures across five federally-identified population domains: women/maternal health, perinatal/infant health, child health, adolescent health and children with special health care needs.

Michigan’s Title V application is for services from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019, and also includes a report on activities and services provided in FY 2017.

The Title V draft application and annual report are available online. MDHHS welcomes comments on the application, which must be received by June 15 by 5 p.m., and can be submitted to

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