In the spirit of "keepin' it real" HHS sent letters to all 50 states detailing a sample of sequester cuts to local health and human services programs. Let's keep this simple and clear. If your program is relying on discretionary block grant funding you might want to be thinking about plan B.
We have a copy of the letter Deputy Secretary Bill Corr sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, notifying him of “key investments that will be affected in your state.” Here is a sample of some of the hits:
- An estimated 4,800 children are expected to lose access to Head Start programs, Corr wrote, because of a $28.2 million cut in funding.
- $7.1 million from social service block grants
- $3.6 million from senior nutrition programs
- $1.8 million from maternal and child health block grants
- $6.7 million from substance abuse programs.
Like we said, hope you have a diversification plan for your funding if you fall under any of these categories. Now you get why we have been talking for months now about becoming more involved with your state block grant programs. You need to be at the decision-making table, folks.