Minnesota's Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

Minnesota's Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant

The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is the nation’s oldest federal-state partnership. It aims to improve the health and well-being of women (particularly mothers), children and youth, including children and youth with special health needs, and their families.

Title V MCH Block Grant Administration

The Title V MCH Block Grant is authorized under Title V of the 1935 federal Social Security Act, Title V was converted to a Block Grant Program in 1981 and individual State allocations are determined by a formula which takes into consideration the proportion of the number of low-income children in a State compared to the total number of low-income children in the United States.
At the federal level, the block grant is administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the state level in Minnesota, the grant is administered by the Community and Family Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Title V MCH Block Grant Program requires that every $4 of federal Title V MCH Block Grant money must be matched by at least $3 of state and/or local money. The program also requires that a minimum of 30% of federal Title V MCH Block Grant funds be used to support services for children and youth with special health needs, and 30% of federal funds be used to provide preventive and primary care services for children. States may spend no more than 10% of federal Title V MCH Block Grant funds on administrative costs.

Application and Annual Report

The Minnesota Department of Health is required to report on Title V MCH Block Grant program expenditures, activities, performance measures, and outcomes every year. Applications, data, and more information for Minnesota and other states can be found on the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Title V Information System website.

Minnesota's 2018 Application/2016 Annual Report

Needs Assessment

As a part of the Title V MCH Block Grant Program, every five years the Minnesota Department of Health is required to complete a comprehensive statewide Needs Assessment on the health and well-being of women, mothers, children and youth, including children and youth with special health needs, and their families. This assessment helps to provide direction on Title V MCH Block Grant activities for the next five years by identifying state MCH priority issues.

More information on the assessment can be found on the Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment webpage.

MCH Advisory Task Force

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Advisory Task Force was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1982, and reestablished in 2012, to advise the Commissioner of Health on the health care services/needs of MCH populations in Minnesota, on the use of funds for MCH and children and youth with special health needs administered through MDH, and the priorities and goals for MCH activities.

More information on the task force can be found on the MCH Advisory Task Force webpage.

Grantee Information

In Minnesota, Title V MCH Block Grant is governed by Minnesota Statute 145.88 – 145.883, which directs two-thirds of Minnesota’s Title V funds be distributed to Community Health Boards. The statute also directs the use of these funds to programs that address maternal and child health and children and youth with special health needs issues.

For information for Community Health Boards can be found on the Grantee Information page.