Personal Responsibility Education Program

The purpose of this program is to educate adolescents and young adults on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.



Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To carry out personal responsibility education programs designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/24 AIDS.

The State program component must fund teen pregnancy prevention and personal responsibility education programs that have been proven on the basis of rigorous scientific research to change behavior, which means delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth.

State programs must teach "adulthood preparation" subjects including healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.

Applicants for innovative program funding should describe the research base for proposed projects, such as the rationale for substantial modifications to evidence-based models and/or developmental research that suggests an innovative model is likely to be effective with a vulnerable or underserved population.

The list of evidence-based models developed by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is published on the OAH website at http://www.hhs.gov/ophs/oah/prevention/research/programs/index.html.

Additionally, the innovative practices component must implement programs to target "high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations.

Such programs must be either significant modifications of the above list of evidence-based models or are based upon other promising approaches with a strong research basis.

All programs must agree to participate in a rigorous Federal evaluation of their project Innovative programs must conduct their own rigorous, independent evaluations unless they are selected for the Federal evaluation.

From the $75,000,000 appropriation, $10,000,000 (13.3%) is designated for demonstrations of innovative teen pregnancy prevention and personal responsibility education programs; $3,250,000 (5% of the appropriation after the $10,000,000 is removed) is set aside for Tribes and Tribal organizations; $6,500,000 (10% of the appropriation after the $10,000,000 is removed) is designated for program support and evaluation.

The remaining $55,250,000 (73.7% of the appropriation) is for States to implement evidence-based demonstration projects and is allotted by formula.

However, beginning in 2012, funds from States that elect not to apply for funds may be distributed on a discretionary basis to entities within those States.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are allotted to 59 States and Territories to enable them to carry out personal responsibility education programs.

Eligible applicants include the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

If any States or Territories do not apply for funding in FY 2010 or 2011, they will no longer be eligible to apply for this program and their allotments will be made available to local organizations or entities for the same purpose in the same geographic location.

Funds ($10,000,000) shall be reserved to award grants to entities to implement innovative youth pregnancy prevention strategies and target services to high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations.

Funds shall be reserved for grants to Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Funds shall be reserved for program support that may be provided directly or through a competitive award process.

Program support includes research, training and technical assistance, providing consultation and resources on a broad array of teen pregnancy prevention strategies, and developing materials to support grant activities.

Funds shall also be reserved to evaluate programs and activities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Personal responsibility education programs shall provide services to adolescents and young adults. Applicants are encouraged to serve youth populations that are the most high-risk or vulnerable for pregnancies or otherwise have special circumstances, including youth in and aging of out foster care, homeless youth, youth with HIV/AIDS, pregnant youth who are under 21 years of age, mothers who are under 21 years of age, and youth residing in areas with high birth rates for youth. Applicants must include the most recent pregnancy data for the State for youth ages 10 to 14 and youth ages 15-19, and the most recent birth rates among the same age groups, and trends in those rates for the most recently preceding 5-year period for which data are available.

Credentials/Documentation

A signed letter from the authorized representative must accompany each application; it should include documentation establishing the authorized representative s authority to apply for and administer the Personal Responsibility Education grant program funds on behalf of the State or Territory.

For other funding available under this CFDA number, non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The PREP program includes formula and competitive grant awards to a range of entities. The OMB circulars that are relevant vary according to the funding opportunity and the kind of organization that will be implementing the grant award.

Award Procedures

For funds allotted to States and Territories (States), the Administration for Children and Families will advise States and Territories of the funding opportunity through a Federal Register notice and/or by a Request for Application (RFA). Applications will be rated "Approved," "Approved with Conditions," or "Approval Pending" by Program administrators. Applicants that receive an "Approved" rating will receive grant awards and will not need to send further information. States that submit applications that are "Approved with Conditions" will receive grant awards with descriptions of weaknesses and subsequent conditions that must be met in order to receive "Approved" status. The States will be given a set period to send to ACF a response that addresses the conditions. States that submit applications that are rated "Approval Pending" will receive a list of weaknesses cited by the reviewer and directions for submitting an amended application that addresses the weaknesses. The State will not receive a grant award until the State submits a satisfactory application. The States will be notified of a final due date for submission of a satisfactory application.

For funds reserved for innovative strategy grants, applications will be reviewed on a nationwide basis and in competition with other submitted applications. Eligible applications will be reviewed by an Objective Review Committee which will apply the criteria given in the Request for Application (RFA) in order to derive priority scores. The review may include both expert peer reviewers and Federal staff who will review each application that meets the responsiveness and screening criteria. Additionally, the review results may form the basis for development of the programmatic terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. Applications will be provided to the Director of the Office of Adolescent Health and the Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in order by score and rank determined by the review panel. Final award decisions will be made collaboratively by the Director, OAH and the Commissioner, ACYF. In making the award decision, the Director and the Commissioner will take into account the score and rank order given by the Objective Review Committee, and other considerations given in the RFA.

Funds reserved for grants to Indian tribes and tribal organizations will be made in a manner determined by the Secretary, in consultation with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to be appropriate.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

The Social Security Act, Title V, Section 513(c)(1), Public Law 111-148, 42 U.S.C 713(c)(1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Consult the RFA or contact the headquarters office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

From 90 to 120 days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title V.
Matching Requirements: Cost sharing or matching of non-Federal funds is not required. However, funded programs should build on but not duplicate or replace current Federal programs as well as state, local or community programs, and programs should coordinate with existing programs and resources in the community.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. This program has an MOE requirement for states and local entities to require that expenditure of non-federal funds for activities, programs or initiatives allowed in this program be no less than such expenditures in FY 09. The intent is to supplement and not supplant the funds expended in FY 09.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds allotted to States and Territories for a fiscal year shall remain available for expenditure by the State through the end of the second succeeding fiscal year. If a State or territory does not submit an application for fiscal year 2010 or 2011, they will no longer be eligible to submit an application to receive funds from the amounts allotted to the State for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Those funds shall be used for awarding three year grants to local organizations and entities for the same purpose and in the same geographic region.

Additional information about the availability of funding will be provided in the funding opportunity announcement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Each award recipient will report annual progress.

Grantees must submit all required reports in a timely manner and in recommend format (to be provided).

The grantees shall submit an annual Financial Status Report (FSR).

An FSR is due no later than 90 days after the end of the applicable 12 month period and failure to submit these timely could affect future funding.

Until HHS has migrated to the SF 425 FFR, award recipients will utilize the SF 269 FSR.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year.

There will be data collection, performance measurement, and reporting (e.g., "monitoring" requirements) for the State and Innovative Practice grantees, as the Secretary determines.

However, Federal oversight of the Tribal component may be subject to the outcomes of the Tribal Consultation.

The recipient shall submit an annual SF-269 Financial Status Report due no later than 90 days after the end of the applicable 12 month period.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year.

More specific information on this reporting requirement will be included in the Notice of Grant Award.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grantees must comply the relevant sections of the Code of Federal Regulations and OMB circulars to perform required audits.

Records

All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1512-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $75,000,000; FY 11 est $75,000,000 - The total budget for each year beginning FY 10 is $75,000,000 with an estimated breakdown as follows:

Grants to States and Territories: $55,250,000
Innovative Strategy Grants: $10,000,000
Grants for Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations: $3,250,000
Program Support and Evaluation: $6,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Each State or Territory shall be allotted at least $250,000 or an amount determined by a formula using the number of individuals who have attained age 10 but not attained age 20 in the State or Territory to the total number of such individuals in the entire U.S. based on the most recent Census data, whichever is greater. Applicants for which Census data are not available will be eligible for the minimum allocation of $250,000. The range and average of financial assistance for the other grants and program activities will be described in the Request for Application.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

No regulations have been developed at this time. Governing authorities shall be the legislative language and the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement awards as described in the Request for Application.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

LeBretia White, 1250 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: lebretia.white@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-9605 Fax: (202) 205-9535.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funded State programs must replicate evidence-based, effective programs or strategies that substantially incorporate elements of effective programs that have been proven on the basis of rigorous scientific research to change behavior, which means delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth. The programs must include activities to educate youth who are sexually active regarding responsible sexual behavior with respect to both abstinence and the use of contraception. Such activities should teach "adulthood preparation" subjects including healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills. The programs must: be medically-accurate and complete; include activities to educate youth who are sexually active regarding responsible sexual behavior with respect to both abstinence and the use of contraception; place substantial emphasis on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy among youth and sexually transmitted infections; and must provide age-appropriate information and activities. The information and activities carried out under the program must be provided in the cultural context that is most appropriate for individuals in the particular population group to which they are directed.

REQUIREMENTS OF INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES PROJECTS: Proposals will be funded based on how effectively they can develop, replicate, refine, and test innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy. Programs must be medically accurate, age appropriate, and target services to identified vulnerable and at-risk populations. Funded projects are expected to generate lessons learned so others can benefit from these strategies and innovative approaches and increase the capacity of communities to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions for dissemination and replication by others. Funded projects must show that the proposed intervention is: (a) based on some preliminary evidence of effectiveness; (b) a significant adaptation of an evidence-based program; or (c) is a new and innovative approach to teenage pregnancy prevention with a sound basis in research.

REQUIREMENTS OF TRIBAL REQUIREMENTS OF TRIBAL PROJECTS: Criteria for Tribal projects will be developed as the Secretary, in consultation with Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations, deem appropriate.



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