The Division of Social Services (DSS), Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) support statutory requirements for Federal oversight as outlined in Title XX of the Social Security Act, as amended, and is codified at 42 USC 1397 through 1397e. The implementing regulations for this and other block grant programs authorized by Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 are published at 45 CFR Part 96. Those regulations include both specific requirements in lieu of 45 CFR Part 92 (the HHS implementation of the A-102 Common Rule) for the covered block grant programs. Each State is responsible for designing and implementing its own SSBG program, within very broad Federal guidelines. States must administer their SSBG program according to their approved plan, along with amendments, and in conformance with their own implementing rules and policies.
SSBG Legislative Authority Summary
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.
Equal Treatment Regulations
Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (non-governmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental).
SSBG Historical Brief
The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Legislation Social Security Act is a compilation of Social Security Laws for Title XX. These Title XX block grants provides states with social services under Subtitle A block grants that highlights the purposes of subtitle; authorization of appropriations; payments to States, allotments; state administration; limitations on use of grants; reports and audits; and additional grants.
SSBG Block Grant 45 C.F.R. § 96.70-96.74 (Subpart G)
Enclosed are requirements specific to SSBG found in 45 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Sections 96.70 through 96.74. The 45 CFR has the subpart G that applies to the social services block grant providing laws and regulations that governs the program.