Funds Available for Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Evidence Based Education and Abstinence Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 30, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
The Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made $55 million in funding available to states and territories through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), established under the Affordable Care Act. This initiative will support comprehensive, evidence based-programs and strategies to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.
Teen pregnancy prevention efforts funded under PREP must include a comprehensive approach, emphasizing both abstinence and contraception. State efforts supported with these funds also will include important adult preparation components, such as maintaining healthy relationships, financial literacy and goal setting.
PREP is closely aligned with the president’s FY 2010 budget proposals that called for increased investment in evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and is part of a broader set of initiatives to support evidence-based programs and to test innovative approaches so that our evidence base continues to grow.
“Our strong focus on supporting comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs is part of this Administration’s effort to promote evidence-based strategies which have been proven to work and provide a return to the public on its investment,” said Bryan Samuels, commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at ACF. “It is essential that we give teens and their families the information and resources they need to confidently enter adulthood understanding how best to ensure their own continued health and safety and meet their life goals.”
The Affordable Care Act also included $50 million for state grants to support programs to promote abstinence and these funds also were made available to states today. Within the constraints of the law, the funding announcement provides flexibility to states to utilize these funds for an array of medically-accurate abstinence education programs as well as programs that utilize mentoring, counseling or adult supervision to promote abstinence. The law requires states to target efforts to young people at high risk for out-of-wedlock births.
For more information on the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at ACF visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/acyf/.