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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 12, 2015 03:03 PM
From: Senator Patricia H. Vance
To: All Senate members
Subject: Memo #8 - Human Services Development Block Grant Expansion
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation to give each of Pennsylvania’s counties the opportunity to participate in the Human Services Development Block Grant by removing the statutory limit.

In 2012, the legislature created a pilot program to permit 20 counties some flexibility in spending their human services dollars. These dollars were previously allocated to specific categorical programs, and the funds could not be moved across categories to address other needs. Due to the success of the pilot and increased demand from counties, the legislature increased the block grant pilot program from 20 to 30 counties in 2013. Many more counties would like to participate in this program but are not permitted due to the statutory cap.

This legislation will permit any county which satisfies the criteria established by DPW to have the opportunity to benefit from this flexible funding. Participation is completely voluntary and the requirements of holding public hearings, submitting a detailed plan for approval and funding programs in all seven previous line items would still apply.

County officials are best able to evaluate their local needs, and this legislation will give them the ability to serve the greatest number of individuals with the limited funds available. Please join in co-sponsoring this measure.

Introduced as SB613