To carry out special maternal and child health (MCH) projects of regional and national significance; to conduct training and research; to conduct genetic disease testing, counseling, and information development and dissemination programs; for grants relating to hemophilia without regard to age; and for
the screening of newborns for sickle cell anemia, and other genetic disorders.
These grants are funded with a set-aside from the MCH Block grant program.
SPRANS grants are funded with 15 percent of the Block Grant appropriation of up to $600 million.
When the appropriation exceeds $600 million, 12.75 percent of the amount over $600 million is set aside for the Community Integrated Service Systems grants.
15 percent of the balance remaining over $600 million is also for SPRANS.
The CISS program is to develop and expand the following: (1) Home visitation; (2) increased participation of obstetricians and pediatricians; (3) integrated service delivery systems; (4) maternal and child health centers for women and infants, under the direction of a not-for-profit hospital; (5) services for rural populations; and (6) community-based services for children with special health care needs in order to enhance or develop an integrated services system.
Funds are appropriated for the development of family to family health information centers as such: $3,000,000 for FY 07; $4,000,000 for FY 08; and $5,000,000 for FY 09.
Family to Family health information centers assist families with children with disabilities or special health care needs to make informed choices about health care in order to promote good treatment decisions, cost effectiveness, and improved health outcomes for such families.
In FY 2008 Congress first funded the Combating Autism Act program, which is for early detection, education and intervention activities on autism and other developmental disorders.