President’s Budget Supports Adolescent Sexual Health Promotion Programs and Calls for End to “Abstinence Education”
Earlier today, February 9, 2016, the president released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, the final budget of his administration, which continues to demonstrate his strong commitment to supporting the sexual health of our nation’s youth through age-appropriate, medically accurate, and science-based programs. In addition, the President has shown leadership in efforts to rid our nation of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) funding once and for all by not only eliminating the competitive AOUM program, but also including a legislative proposal to eliminate the Title V AOUM state grant program currently authorized at $75 million for FY 2017.
Choosing instead to focus on investing in programs that support youth access to the information and education they need to lead sexually healthy lives, the president’s FY 2017 budget request proposes increased investment in the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and maintains current funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).
The $4 million requested increase for TPPP would bring funding to $105 million to further support the 81 communities currently being served by TPPP efforts in 33 states across the country. The continuation of the DASH funding level reflects the administration’s determination to support its National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Action Plan and improve school-based HIV prevention, research, and evaluation efforts.
Additionally, the budget reflects the $75 million authorized for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) through the end of FY 2017 and calls for a five-year reauthorization of the program at the same level through FY 2022.
The release of the president’s budget begins the months-long negotiations process in Congress, who ultimately determines the final budget and funding allocations for the year. SIECUS applauds the administration’s leadership and commitment to improving the sexual health and well-being of all young people and looks forward to working with Congress to continue these investments and finally put an end to the three decades and nearly $2 billion in federal spending that has been wasted on AOUM funding.
The President’s FY 2017 Budget Request Includes:
- TPPP: $105 million, a $4 million increase over FY 2016 final funding.
- TPPP Evaluation: $6.8 million for evaluation funding, level-funding to FY 2015 final funding.
- DASH: $33 million, level to FY 2016 final funding.
- PREP: $75 million for FY 2017 and a five-year continuation of the program for FY 2018–2022 at $75 million per year.
- Title V AOUM State Grant Program: Legislative proposal to eliminate the $75 million authorized for FY 2017 and provides no future funding.
- Competitive AOUM Grant Program: Eliminates the program, a $10 million savings from FY 2016 funding.