Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

South Dakota Title V

What is the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant?

Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 established the MCH Services Block Grant. It is designed to assist states in their efforts to promote and improve the health and well-being of mothers, children, including children with special health care needs, and their families. State maternal and child health agencies, which are usually located within a state health department, apply annually for Title V funding. The legislation also requires states to submit an Annual Report and to complete a statewide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. States have flexibility in how Title V funds are used to support a wide range of activities that address state and national needs.

In South Dakota, the MCH Block Grant is administered through the Office of Child and Family Services, within the South Dakota Department of Health.

2016-2020 MCH Priorities

  • Promote preconception/inter-conception health
  • Reduce infant mortality
  • Promote positive child and youth development to reduce morbidity and mortality (intentional/unintentional injuries, dietary habits, tobacco use, alcohol use, other drug utilization)
  • Improve early identification and referral of developmental delays
  • Improve and assure appropriate access to health services that are focused on families, women, infants, children, adolescents, and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN)
  • Promote oral health for all populations
  • Improve state and local surveillance, data collection, and evaluation capacity

Title V Annual Reports and Applications

Each year the Office of Child and Family Services is required to submit an annual report addressing progress as well as an application for future funding.

Past Reports:

MCH State Action Plan Table

The Office of Child and Family Services in collaboration with other state partners has developed the below action plan which is intended to serve as a planning tool to use in identifying key strategies, objectives, and relevant performance measures to align with the selected priority needs identified during our 5 year needs assessment. This plan is organized by the five MCH population health domains - women/maternal health, perinatal/infant health, child health, children and youth with special health care needs, and adolescent health.

MCH State Action Plan Table (PDF)

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