Human Services Block Grant

The definition of a Block Grant is a lump sum of federal government funds awarded to a state, county or city government for use in a general purpose.

The federal role in administering block grants is less active when compared to other types of grants. They generally do not specify application requirements, negotiate awards or evaluate the effects. Federally mandated fiscal, administrative and planning requirements are set to the lowest levels essential to meet the federal goals. The regional grantees are allowed to allocate the grant money at their discretion in accordance with local needs. This provides the regional governments with the flexibility to design programs and distribute resources that target a wide array of issues.

Act 80 of 2012 established a Human Services Block Grant Pilot Program for the purpose of allocating funds to select county governments to provide locally identified county-based human to meet the service needs of county residents. This act originally allowed for 20 counties to participate and then Act 55 of 2013 provided for 10 additional counties to participate, bringing the total to 30 counties.

The line items within the Block Grant contain a small but significant portion of the total funds allocated to counties for the delivery of human services. The funds with the Glock Grant include:

  • Mental Health Community Base Funded Services (MH)
  • Behavioral Health Services Initiative
  • Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Community Base Funded Services (IDD)
  • Child Welfare Special Grants (CYS)- Removed during FY 17-18
  • Act 152 Drug and Alcohol Services (D&A)
  • Homeless Assistance Program Funding
  • Human Services Development Funds (HSDF)

Other significant sources of funding for county human services programs are not included in the Block Grant. Examples of funding not included in the Block Grant are Intellectual & Developmental Waiver Programs, Behavioral Health-Health Choices Program, Early Intervention Services and County Child Welfare Needs-Based funded services.

Franklin County first became involved with the Block Grant and submitted the first one for FY 12-13 as part of a Pilot allowing 20 counties to participate. Franklin County was one of the original counties to sign on for this new way of allocating funding for the delivery of Human Services.

View Block Grant Documentation

Block Grant Draft Plan



Franklin County Human Services Block Grant Meeting

* Due to the current COVID-19 Virus pandemic and the need for social and physical isolation, we are holding this public meeting via computer and phone access.   Please contact Sharyn Overcash at ext. #: 21824 (or) directly at #717-709-2313, should you have any questions or problems with connection for this meeting.

Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time:  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location:  Google Meet

Meeting ID:


Call-In Phone Number:  (‪US)‪+1 904-580-8694

PIN: 586 625 405#




Human Services Block Grant Committee Meeting

Initial Public First Draft Plan Meeting/Public Hearing

July 1, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Second Public Draft Plan Meeting/Public Hearing will be held

during the Board of Commissioners Meeting

July 15, 2020 at 1pm

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪839 368 621 6156‬#


Or in person at the Administration Annex:

218 North Second Street

Chambersburg, PA  17201

Human Services Block Grant July 15, 2020

HSBG 20-21FY Plan (narrative)

Appendix C

Appendix D