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93.235 Abstinence Education
HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Social Security Act, Title V, Section 510, 42 U.S.C. 710.
To enable States to provide abstinence education and, at the option of the State, where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on groups that are most likely to bear children out of wedlock.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
For the purpose of this section (Section 510), the term "Abstinence Education" means an educational or motivational program which (a) Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity; (b) teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children; (c) teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems; (d) teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity; (e) teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects; (f) teaches that bearing children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society; (g) teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and (h) teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
Applicant Eligibility: Grant applications are accepted only from the State Health Agency responsible for the administration (or supervision of the administration) of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Funds are allocated among the States and jurisdictions in proportion to their relative shares of the funds received under appropriations for abstinence education. Funds are allocated among the States and jurisdictions based on a formula determined by the proportion that the number of low income children in the State bears to the total number of low income children for all States. There is a required match of 3 nonfederal dollars for every 4 Federal dollars.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Each State must prepare and submit an annual report on the activities undertaken. Reports will contain information and be formatted as the Secretary may require, or as described in the program application guidance.
Account Identification: 75-0350-0-1-550.
In fiscal year 2001, 53 grants were awarded. It is estimated that 53 grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2002. Pending re-authorization for fiscal year 2003, it is estimated that 55 grants will be awarded.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Pertinent information may be obtained by contacting the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Grants Management Branch, Room 18-12, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-1440.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Examples of funded projects may be requested through the Division of State and Community Health.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: