Social Services Block Grant Planning
Each year the PAG region allocates Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds. Approximately $1.2 million to $1.6 million is made available annually for locally planned human services. A regional Social Services Planning Committee works closely with the following working groups to identify needs and make recommendations to the PAG Regional Council on annual allocations: Children, Youth and Families; Developmental Disabilities; Aging and Adults; Employment and Rehabilitation Services; and Quality of Life services. These recommendations include services for homeless adults and children, employment or guidance counseling, home care programs, and services for developmentally delayed children and disabled adults.
The Department of Economic Security prepares the state SSBG plan that includes both the allocation of the state portion of the SSBG grant and all of the locally prepared regional plans. Arizona receives approximately $31 million annually to provide social services in both urban and rural areas of the state.
The draft Social Services Block Grant Plan for State Fiscal Year 2020 is currently available for public review and comment throughout the state on the DES website. Comments are being accepted at the addresses indicated on the site through Thursday, April 5, 2019. All comments will be carefully considered before the plan is finalized.
The PAG region's FY 2021 Social Services Block Grant service category funding recommendations are now available below. If you would like to make a comment on the recommendations, please e-mail Katharine Mitchell by January 14, 2020. PAG's Management Committee is scheduled to review these recommendations on January 15, 2020, and PAG will send the approved recommendations to the State Department of Economic Security (DES). DES will hold a 30-day public comment period in Spring 2020 before the recommendations are incorporated in the State Plan.
SSBG Funding Recommendations
SSBG Fact Sheets