Title V - Maternal & Child Health Block Grant


What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

What you need to know

Title V of the federal Social Security Act is designed to improve the health of mothers and children by investing in programs that enable mothers to give birth to healthy babies and that promote the health of children and adolescents, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Title V also:

  • provides the funding for a toll-free helpline that link families to health services in every state;
  • establishes health programs in places where people need them;
  • promotes access to health care;
  • creates guidelines and standards to assure that families get the appropriate, quality health care they need;
  • stresses and supports the enhancement of a public health infrastructure including community collaboration to maximize scarce resources and improve access for clients with integrated services;
  • creates safe and healthy communities by:
    • educating parents about childhood threats like SIDS,
    • supporting innovative community-based programs to encourage healthy behaviors and environments,
    • working with communities to assess, define, and address their local health needs; and
  • sets aside specific funding to ensure health services to women and children, including children with special health care needs.
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Within the Title, there are two major funding components.

  1. MCH Block Grants to States are awarded to state health agencies on the basis of specified formulas, and represent roughly 85% of appropriated funding.
  2. Discretionary Grants, referred to as Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), comprise the other 15% of the annual appropriation. These grants are award by the federal government

In Nebraska, the Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Helpline is open now at 2-1-1 and available for free comprehensive information and referral.

This line:

  • helps callers with their questions,
  • refers them to health care, and
  • provides them with information on how to improve their chances of having a healthy baby.

The line is for anyone who is pregnant or planning a baby, new parents, or those who need help finding medical, financial, emotional, and other health related assistance.

Contact 2-1-1 by phone, text, or online.

  • Direct: 2-1-1; (402) 444-6666
  • Toll Free: 2-1-1; (866) 813-1731
  • Text: Text your zip code to 898211
    Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 8pm; Sat 8am - 5pm (for after hours: answer machine available with options)
  • Email: Nebraska211@uwmidlands.org
  • Online: www.ne211.org

For more information

If you would like more information about Title V and Maternal and Child Health issues, you may want to visit these other sites:


Rayma Delaney
Title V MCH Block Grant Administrator
Phone Number
(402) 471-0197
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5007