Nov 172016

October 2016 – The Policy & Research Group was awarded a grant under the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)’s “Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovative Strategies (PREIS)” grant for teen pregnancy prevention.

The PREIS grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau. The purpose of the five-year grant is to test innovative adolescent pregnancy prevention strategies for high-risk youth.

The innovative strategy, e-Practice Self-Regulation (e-PS-R), is an online adaptation of Practice Self-Regulation (PS-R), an intensive therapeutic teen pregnancy prevention program designed by Joann Schladale of Resources for Resolving Violence, Inc. The program uses a combination of online and face-to-face instruction that aims to decrease risky sex behaviors by increasing knowledge of sexual health and the impact of trauma on sexual decision-making, readiness to change risky sexual behavior, ability to manage impulsive behavior, confidence in ability to negotiate safe sex, and intentions to practice safe sex. This blended learning approach is intended to bring PS-R to hard-to-reach populations such as juvenile justice involved youth and rural populations. The planned sites for the study are located in New Mexico and West Virginia.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 authorized $10 million for the new PREIS program through the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). Since 2010, FYSB has awarded over $8 million each year to numerous organizations located throughout the United States. In March of 2016, FYSB announced funding for another round of grantees, which awarded over $11 million in PREIS grants to 11 organizations.