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MDHHS invites public comment on Title V Block Grant application

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is inviting public comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant application and annual report narrative.

Michigan’s Title V application is for programs and services planned from Oct. 1, 2024, to Sept. 30, 2025, and includes a report on activities and services provided in fiscal year (FY) 2023. The Title V application is in response to Title V requirements for state health departments and is not a Request for Proposal.

The Title V application addresses needs across five federally identified population groups: women/maternal health, perinatal/infant health, child health, adolescent health and children with special health care needs.

Public comment is particularly encouraged on Title V state action plans (pages 68-234) which address the following priority areas for the current five-year cycle (FY 2021-2025):

  • Low-risk cesarean delivery.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Infant safe sleep.
  • Bullying prevention for adolescents and children with special health care needs.
  • Transition for youth with special health care needs to adult health care.
  • Oral health care for women and children.
  • Childhood lead poisoning prevention.
  • Immunizations for children and adolescents.
  • Medical care and treatment for children with special health care needs.
  • Healthy and intended pregnancy.
  • Behavioral and mental health services.

Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 as amended provides funding to state health departments to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs. States are required to meet federal requirements which include spending a minimum of 30% of funding on children ages 1 to 21 years and a minimum of 30% of funding on services for children with special health care needs.

The Title V draft application and annual report are available online. MDHHS welcomes comments on the application by 5 p.m., Monday, June 10. Comments can be submitted to MDHHS-MCHBlockGrant@michigan.gov.

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