In recognition of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, this Dear Colleague Letter is to provide information about the use of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding to support communities in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
States and Territories have an important role in supporting vulnerable children, adults, and families through a wide variety of social services programming, offering them safeguard in their times of greatest need. This document is provided as a resource to states to consider the uses and limitations of SSBG in emergency preparedness and recovery.
The Office of Community Services, Division of Social Services, publishes Information Memoranda (IM) for distribution to SSBG program administrators. An Information Memoranda (IM) provides guidance to assist in implementing the SSBG legislation, program instruction and policy clarification, in addition to disseminating information and program practices to stakeholders. SSBG Dear Colleague Letters provides important information to the network about a new issue relevant to the stakeholders.
The IM numbering system is chronological and only relevant IM’s are posted on this website. SSBG Dear Colleague Letters are posted per fiscal year.
The following Information Memoranda have been released to States and Territories, Administrators and other nonprofit agencies receiving SSBG funds.
On January 4, 1975, a new Title XX was added to the Social Security Act, which authorized an entitlement to States for the provision of social services. Prior to Title XX, States received matching Federal funds for specified categories of services, with eligibility for the services limited to receipt of public assistance under several titles of the Social Security Act.
Under Title XX, States were given increased flexibility to offer a wider range of services to a broader population of adults and children. The statute also included requirements regarding planning, public participation, income eligibility, and administration.