IN BRIEF: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Personal Responsibility Education Program, created through the recently passed Health Care Reform legislation, will provide individual states with grants for comprehensive sex education that provides young people with complete, medically accurate, and age-appropriate sex education in order to help them reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Programs would also address life skills so that young people can make responsible decisions and lead safe and healthy lives.
The program totals $75 million a year for the period 2010–2014.Each state will be allotted a minimum of $250,000. If a state does not submit an application for Fiscal Years 2010 or 2011 it will no longer be eligible to apply for funding, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services will be able to award three-year grants to community-based and faith-based organizations and local entities in that state using the allotted funds for Fiscal Years 2012–2014.
o Both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STIs, including HIV/AIDS.
o At least three of the following adulthood preparation subjects:
- Healthy relationships, such as positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions.
- Adolescent development, such as the development of healthy attitudes and values toward adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity, etc.
- Financial literacy.
- Educational and career success, such as developing skills for employment preparation, job seeking, independent living, financial self-sufficiency, and workplace productivity.
- Healthy life skills, such as goal setting, decision making, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and stress management.
o Replicate evidence-based effective programs or substantially incorporate elements of effective programs that have been proven on the basis of rigorous scientific research to change behavior, including delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth.
o Be medically accurate and complete.
o Include activities to educate youth who are sexually active regarding responsibility sexual behavior with respect to both abstinence and the use of contraception.
o Place substantial emphasis on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STIs.
o Provide age-appropriate information and activities
o Be carried out in the cultural context that is most appropriate for individuals in the particular population group to which they are directed.
Grants to Implement Innovative Strategies
Grants for Indian Tribes of Tribal Organizations
Program Support and Evaluation
The Secretary of Health and Human Services will evaluate funded programs carried out by the states. An organization or entity awarded a grant must agree to participate in a rigorous federal evaluation.
Updated April 2010