State Programs Funded by Title V Block Grants

The mission of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is "... to provide national leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health (MCH) population which includes all of the nation's women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, including fathers and children with special health care needs."

Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 serves as the main financial foundation for the MCHB, providing 80% of the funding for all MCHB programs legislative authority and legislative authorization to award and administer them.  Title V is one of the largest Federal block grant programs, and has become a key source of support for health promotion and improvement among mothers and children nationwide. 

To facilitate allocation of Title V funds, states are required to conduct a statewide needs assessment every five years and submit annual applications with updated information in the intervening years.  The need for consistent data that is comparable from state to state gave rise to the two nationwide surveys featured on the DRC: the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) and the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). 

This section offers information, ideas and data tailored to the needs of state Title V programs:

     State-Specific Links to Survey Results for Title V Needs Assessment

     State SSI Summary Reports through 2013 

     Brief: Using Child Health Survey Data for Title V Needs Assessment

     Additional information is available from the MCHB Title V Information System (TVIS).  



"Maternal and Child Health Bureau Strategic Plan: 2003-2007. Updated December, 2003.  Online at: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resource and Service Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of State and Community Health, "Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report," 5th Edition, OMB# 0915-0172, expires March 31, 2012.