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NC Department of Health and Human Services

Public invited to speak out on how federal dollars to be spent

Release Date: October 3, 2008
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – The public is invited to comment on the state’s proposed Social Services Block Grant plan.  The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) creates this plan every year to outline how federal social services block grant funds will be administered.

From October 6-17, the written plan will be on the Web at: and a hard copy is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

NC Division of Social Services Central Office
Albemarle Building
325 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC

Federal block grant funds help pay for some of the programs and services states provide.  States are given broad latitude under block grant funding to design and operate their own programs.  However, the federal government places certain restrictions on what types of expenditures can be made from each block grant fund.

Citizens interested in commenting on the plan must submit written comments no later than October 17.  Comments may be emailed to, faxed to (919) 334-1052, or mailed to:

Hank Bowers, Chief
Performance Management/Reporting & Evaluation Management Section
NC Division of Social Services
2415 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-2415

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is the major source of federal funding for a wide variety of services such as adoption services, counseling services, adult day care and foster care services, protective services for adults, housing, and residential treatment services.  Other uses of these funds include child care for child welfare cases, community-based services for elderly and disabled adults (such as in-home aide services and preparation of meals), mental health services, transportation, and other human services programs.






Updated: October 14, 2008