Block Grants

The public may comment on federal grants awarded to the Department of Human Services during the Utah State Legislative Session, which takes place January through March each year.  Please click here for meeting dates and agendas of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee and the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, where public comment for the legislative session related to human services is received.


PATH Grant (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)

Allows DHHS Office of Substance Use and Mental Health to provide grants to local authorities to help people who are:

  • Suffering from serious mental illness
  • Or suffering from serious mental illness and from a substance use disorder
  • And are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Open to comments March 14-March 24, 2024. Copies may be requested after Oct. 31.

Contact: Pete Caldwell

PATH Grant application


Mental Health Block Grant

Allows DHHS to provide a comprehensive array of mental health services at a local level.

State Plan: Open to comments Sept. 1 – Sept. 30. Copies may be requested after Oct. 31.

Contact: Kyle Larson


Substance Abuse Prevention And Treatment Block Grant

Allows for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through education, counseling, testing and reference to medical assistance (see 45CFR96-Subpart L).

State Plan: Comments open Sept. 1 – Sept. 30. Copies may be requested after Oct. 31.

Contact: Kyle Larson


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Social Services Block Grant

Flexible federal assistance for social services such as prevention of abuse, neglect, rehabilitation, self-reliance, etc. (See 42USC1297).

Local discretionary funds are distributed from this grant to local entities, who can use them within given guidelines. Comments for discretionary funds are open during the same time period as the Social Services Block Grant.

Use of Funds: Comments open prior to start of the fiscal year (July 1).

Pre-Expenditure Report: Comments open after July 1. Copies also available during this time

Post-Expenditure Report: Copies available six months after fiscal year end (June 30).

Contact: Jon Robinson