Two federal teen pregnancy prevention funding issues that will have a major and negative impact on Oklahoma need your attention:

1)  TPP grants terminated early: The Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) projects, administered by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), have been notified their grants will end June 2018 — in year 3, instead of completing the 5 years awarded. This early and unexpected termination means the loss of nearly $8 million in Oklahoma for the final two-year period. These grants support TPP initiatives in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, led by the Oklahoma City-County Health Dept. and Youth Services of Tulsa, along with a multi-county project in S.E. Oklahoma directed by the Choctaw Nation. The funding is invested in evidence-based programs with documented effectiveness that reach over 10,000 Oklahoma youth annually.

2)  TPP funding eliminated in the FY18 budgetOn July 13, the House Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), passed an FY18 budget on a party-line vote. The bill totally eliminated both the OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Title X Family Planning Program that provides contraception for low-income families. On July 19, the full House Appropriations Committee failed to restore funding for the two important prevention programs. The next step is the Senate subcommittee and full committee; those meetings have not been scheduled yet and it’s not clear when they will be.  Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) serves on the Senate Labor HHS, Education subcommittee.

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SOURCE: oica.org