The President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. The Act amended Title V of the Social Security Act to include a new formula grant program entitled the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). The purpose of State PREP is to enable States to support personal responsibility education programs that replicate evidence-based effective program models or substantially incorporate elements of effective programs that have been proven on the basis of scientific research to change behavior, which means delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth. PREP is funded by the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).
Georgia’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is administered by the Department of Human Resources (DHS) Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Georgia PREP is designed to educate youth on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including HIV/AIDS. The program targets youth ages 10-19 who are, in foster care, live in rural areas or in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups. The program also supports pregnant and parenting teens under the age of 21. In addition to reducing and preventing teen pregnancy and STI infection, the program assists youth become healthy, responsible, self-sufficient adults by educating them on healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career preparation, and healthy life skills.
The DHS Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Statement of Need (SoN) Funding Opportunity for FFY 2014 has closed. Please visit http://gaprep.dhr.state.ga.us for more information about GA-PREP.and future funding opportunities.