Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)
Provides funds to States, territories, and insular areas for 29 different types of social services, including prevention and intervention services, counseling services, employment services, home-based services, and information and referral. Each State has the flexibility to determine what services will be provided, who is eligible to receive services, and how funds are distributed among various services within the State.
Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Program
Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Information about SSBG, State allocations, SSBG reports, and SSBG reporting requirements.
Block Grants: Flexibility vs. Stability in Social Services (PDF - 44 KB)
Reviews the history of Federal block grants for social services, the academic literature examining block grant outcomes, and recent Federal proposals.
Block Grants: Historical Overview and Lessons Learned (PDF - 120 KB)
Finegold, Wherry, & Schardin (2004)
Traces the development of block grants over time and by policy area. Reviews the lessons learned from past and present block grants and how they may apply to the current proposals.
Block Grants: Past, Present, and Prospects
Brookings Institution (2003)
Transcript of panels convened by the Brookings Institute to explore the legitimacy and effectiveness of proposals by the Bush Administration that would turn Federal programs serving low-income families into block grants. Panel 3 discusses Head Start, child welfare, Medicaid, housing, and child protection.