How States are Implementing Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Through the Personal Responsibility Education Program

Publication Date: April 14, 2014


The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) was authorized by Congress in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The program, which is overseen by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, is designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy.  The program must also address healthy transition to young adulthood by addressing adulthood preparation subjects that were mandated by Congress.  Most of the PREP funding ($55.25 million of $75 million, annually) is designated for formula grants to states and territories.

This brief summarizes a recent report about the PREP program – “The Personal Responsibility Education Program: Launching a Nationwide Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Effort”.  The report documented key decisions made by state grantees about the design of their PREP programs.  Data was collected through telephone interviews with state grantee officials in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

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