Title XX

Title XX Social Services Reports

Title XX Social Services Reports provide information about the funds that are provided by the Federal Government to be used for accomplishing the goals of Title XX of the Social Security Act.

What is Title XX?

Title XX of the Social Security Act, also referred to as the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), is a capped entitlement program. States are entitled to their share, according to a formula, of a nationwide funding ceiling or "cap," which is specified in statute. Block grant funds are given to States to help them achieve a wide range of social policy goals, which include preventing child abuse, increasing the availability of child care, and providing community-based care for the elderly and disabled. Funds are allocated to the States on the basis of population.  The Federal funds are available to States without a State matching requirement.

Sec. 2001. [42 U.S.C. 1397] For the purposes of consolidating Federal assistance to States for social services into a single grant, increasing State flexibility in using social service grants, and encouraging each State, as far as practicable under the conditions in that State, to furnish services directed at the goals of-

  • Achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency, including reduction or prevention of dependency;
  • Preventing or remedying neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults unable to protect their own interests, or preserving, rehabilitating or reuniting families;
  • Preventing or reducing inappropriate institutional care by providing for community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care; and
  • Securing referral or admission for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate, or providing services to individuals in institutions.

States are given wide discretion to determine the services to be provided and the groups that may be eligible for services, usually low income families and individuals. In addition to supporting social services, the law allows States to use their allotment for staff training, administration, planning, evaluation, and purchasing technical assistance in developing, implementing, or administering the State social service program. States decide what amount of the Federal allotment to spend on services, training, and administration.

There are some restrictions are placed on the use of title XX funds, which can be found in the website for Social Security.

Want More Information about the Title XX Legislation?

Find information about the Title XX Block Grants to States for Social Services on the Social Security Online website.

Who oversees the funds for Illinois?

The DHS Bureau of Title XX Social Services manages and monitors the contracts DHS makes with providers utilizing the Title XX funds.  Contracts are designed to help customers achieve and maintain the Title XX goals.