Federal Funding Resources

The SC Campaign is committed to providing valuable information to our partners. It is with that commitment that we have compiled the latest news regarding federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

Federal Funding Impacts Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Update [8 December 2017]

Per Power to Decide:

On Thursday, Congress passed another continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current levels through December 22, 2017. This includes funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Title X Family Planning Program. Congress is still trying to resolve a deluge of other legislative issues. Therefore, there is a possibility that Congress will pass another short-term CR that goes beyond December 22, before they finalize a spending deal for the rest of FY 2018 (which ends September 30, 2018).

We will update you as we know more. In the meantime, it is vital that you continue to cultivate relationships with your members of Congress and weigh in with them on the value of the TPP Program and Title X. Keep up the drumbeat with your emails and calls. You can also take advantage of the Holiday recess and other breaks in the House (dates in blue indicate days in session in D.C.) and Senate schedules when members of Congress will be in their home districts, and try to set up meetings and site visits with them. This is a great way to educate them about the impact of your work. 

In addition, if you can advocate, please ask your Senators and Representative to:

  • “Please support the Senate Appropriations Committee’s funding level ($101 million) and language for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in the final FY 2018 appropriations bill, and do everything in your power to ensure continuation of the current funding, the current evidence-based approach, and the current grantees."
  • "Please support the Senate Appropriations Committee's funding level ($286.5 million) and language for Title X in the final FY 2018 appropriations bill.""

Update [30 November 2017]

Per The National Campaign, the TPP Program, Title X, and PREP are still at risk of losing funding:

"TPP & Title X

  • Most of the government (including the TPP Program and Title X) is funded by a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on December 8. It is increasingly unlikely that Congress will reach an appropriations deal for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2018 (which ends on September 30, 2018) by the December deadline.
  • This means it is possible that there will be one—maybe even two—additional short term CRs that continue current funding levels into January or February 2018, before a final deal is reached for FY 18. Unfortunately, a government shutdown is not out of the question.

PREP

  • PREP is funded through a larger package of so-called “health extenders” that expired at the end of FY 17 (September 30, 2017).
  • Bipartisan negotiations are continuing and there have been reports of progress. The big issue continues to be how Congress will pay for the package of health extenders.

Despite the uncertainty of how all of this will play out, there is one definite. It is critical that you keep up the drumbeat of messages, both to elected officials and in the press, about the value of high quality evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and access to high quality contraceptive care for low income women. It’s the only way to ensure that these essential programs end up on Congress’ list of priorities. It’s not enough to check in once, or even twice; given their incredibly full plates, members of Congress need ongoing reminders.

Please visit the National Campaign's Federal Policy Action Center today for the latest in messaging on the TPP Program and PREP, as well as Title X. Then please reach out to your members of Congress and do your part!"

Update [8 September 2017]

Per The National Campaign:

On Thursday, September 7, "the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed their version of the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill by a bipartisan vote of 29-2 (Sen. Lankford (OK) and Sen. Daines (MT) were the two dissenting votes).

The bill would provide level funding for the TPP Program and the Title X Family Planning Program, and also includes language requiring that these programs be administered as they were in FY 2016.  For more details on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill, see The National Campaign’s statement and the Federal Policy Action Center for what you can do.

Meanwhile, the full House will be considering its LHHS appropriations bill (as part of a larger package of appropriations bills) over the next few days.  As a reminder, the House bill eliminates both the TPP program and Title X.

In the interim, Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday to fund the government through December 8, including the TPP Program and Title X, at FY 2017 levels. This gives them time to finish their work on the FY 2018 appropriations bills for the rest of the year.

So, while yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee vote is a positive bipartisan step in the right direction, the fight is by no means over! We need to keep up the pressure to:

  1. Protect FY 2018 funding for the TPP Program and Title X;
  2. Ensure these programs are administered in the same manner as they were in the past; and
  3. Keep making the case for continuing the current TPP Program grants.

Whether or not you can advocate, everyone can help. Please visit The National Campaign's Federal Policy Action Center for the latest messages, information, and resources."

Update [5 September 2017]

Per The National Campaign:

"The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up their version of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill this week. First, the LHHS Subcommittee will vote tomorrow, September 6. Then the full Committee will vote on Thursday, September 7. 

The Senate needs to hear from you—about the value of the TPP Program and Title X, and the work they are supporting in your state.

If you can advocate, take a minute to call and ask your Senators the following, especially if they are on the Senate Appropriations Committee:

  • On the TPP Program: “Please continue the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program administered by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health at its current funding level ($101 million), and with its current evidence-based approach.”
  • On Title X: “Please oppose all cuts to the Title X Family Planning Program.”

This week we also expect that the House version of the LHHS bill, which passed the full House Appropriations Committee in July, to come to the floor of the House for a vote. As a reminder, the bill proposes to eliminate funding for the TPP Program and Title X. If you can advocate, take a minute to call and ask your Representative the following:

  • On the TPP Program: “Please continue the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program administered by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health at its current funding level ($101 million), and with its current evidence-based approach.”
  • On Title X: “Please oppose all cuts to the Title X Family Planning Program.”

For more ways to take action, even if you can only educate, click here."

Update [24 July 2017]

Per The National Campaign:

Last Wednesday, “the full House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill. The bill, which passed on party lines, eliminates funding for the TPP Program and Title X. Rep. Lowey (D-NY) offered an amendment to restore funding for the Title X Family Planning Program and Rep. Lee (D-CA) offered an amendment to restore the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. All Committee Democrats and one Republican (Rep. Dent, R-PA) voted in support of the amendments, but both failed. Please thank Congresswomen Lee and Lowey for offering these amendments, and the Representatives that voted in favor of them. For more details on the bill, see The National Campaign’s statement.”

“We are still in the early stages of the appropriations process. The next step is for the Senate to take up their version of the bill. However, they are not expected to do so before the August recess. In the meantime, we need your help to protect this funding. We encourage you to start scheduling meetings with your Senators while they are home in the district during August recess. It is a great opportunity to share the good work that the TPP Program and Title X make possible in your community.”

Update [17 July 2017]

Per The National Campaign, last Thursday, “the House bill passed along party lines. Among other things, the bill would eliminate the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Title X Family Planning Program. For more details, see The National Campaign’s statement. This is just the beginning of the appropriations process, and there is an immediate opportunity to make your voice heard."

"This Wednesday July 19th, the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up the bill. Please contact your Representative by Wednesday morning, particularly if they are on the full House Appropriations Committee.” 

For talking points, polling, and other resources you can use in your outreach, visit the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Federal Policy Action Center.

Update [12 July 2017]

Last week, we were notified by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) that the five-year project for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs will end after three years on June 30, 2018.  

We've also learned that, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), the committee with jurisdiction over the TPP Program and Title X, will meet this Thursday at 4:30 pm to mark up (consider) the FY 2018 LHHS spending bill.

South Carolina receives about 6.53 million in TPP funding and it allows us and our partners to do our work in supporting communities with resources and information around the state of South Carolina. These investments are also used to provide evidence-based programs to our young people as well as insure Youth Serving Organizations (YSOs), professionals, trusted adults and health centers receive the most relevant training and support to be in a position to succeed.

Per The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, “Now is the time to call or email your Representative, especially if s/he is on the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee. It’s essential to communicate the ongoing value of the TPP Program and Title X!”

  • Advocate: We can advocate (activities such as asking members of Congress to take action on legislation, support a particular program funding level, or vote in a specific way) for federal funding; however, we cannot use their federal funds to do so. But, be sure you’re familiar with the rules of your organization; some prohibit advocacy.
  • Educate: If you are prohibited from advocating, you can still educate members of Congress. Simply sharing information about the great work that the TPP Program makes possible in your community is education, not advocacy.

For talking points, polling, and other resources you can use in your outreach, visit the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Federal Policy Action Center.

Update [18 July 2016]

Last week, Representative Lee (D-CA) offered an amendment that would, among other things, restore TPPP funding and Rep. Lowey (D-NY) offered an amendment to restore Title X funding but both amendments failed on party-line votes. Congress is now on an extended recess until after Labor Day, meaning there will be no further action until they return.

Per the National Campaign, “this is disappointing, especially given that the Senate’s version of the bill, which passed last month with a bipartisan vote, provides level funding for TPPP and Title X.  However, with the House bill eliminating both programs, the outcome is uncertain.”

Update [11 July 2016]

The House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee recently passed its version of the LHHS appropriations bill for FY 2017, posing a threat to the continued success of teen pregnancy prevention nationwide.  Passed along party lines, the draft of this bill has eliminated both the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, currently funded at $101 million for FY 2016, and the Title X Family Planning Program, currently funded at $286.5 million.
 
In June, the Senate passed a version of this bill with a bipartisan vote, providing level funding for TPPP and Title X.  With the House bill risking the future of both programs, it is an unexpected disappointment for those who work hard every day to effect change in the teen birth rate.  
 
Impact on South Carolina
  • The SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has been funded by Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) since 2010. During the next four years, over $2 million in annual funding from the program will come into the state to fund evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programs and reproductive health services in SC communities to reach thousands of youth.
  • There are approximately $5,655,000 Title X dollars coming into the state annually, which support family planning and preventive health service delivery to low-income women and men.  In much of South Carolina, especially in the rural communities, this is the only access to family planning and preventive health services these women, youth, and families have.
 
“Cuts in teen pregnancy prevention funding do not just affect the teen birth rate,” says SC Campaign Chief Operating Officer Gwendolyn Baker.  “The implications of teen pregnancy ripple across a host of public concerns such as poverty, health, education and the economy.  Now is the time to educate members of the House and inform them about these important programs.” 
 
Next Steps
The House Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss their proposed version of the LHHS bill, which eliminates TPPP and Title X this Wednesday July 13th.  Please return to this page to stay informed on any updates.

Update [21 December 2015]

Congress released a proposed omnibus appropriations bill that would fund the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The House and Senate expect to vote on the bill in the next few days.  The legislation would maintain funding for programs critical to reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy.  Specifically, the bill includes:

  • $101 million for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), consistent with the FY 2015 funding level.

  • $6.8 million for evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention approaches, consistent with the FY 2015 funding level.

  • $286.5 million for the Title X Family Planning Program, consistent with the FY 2015 level.

  • $33.1 million for the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), an increase of $2 million over the FY 2015 level.

  • $638.2 million for the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, an increase of $1.2 million over the FY 2015 level.

The bill would also provide $10 million for competitive abstinence education (now called Sexual Risk Avoidance), which is double the FY 2015 level of $5 million.

Statement from South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy CEO Forrest Alton

“We are thrilled members of Congress have recognized the importance of investing in prevention.  Restoring funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Title X sends a strong message to those working here in South Carolina and across the country that their efforts matter, and serves as a reminder that prevention pays. The teen birth rate in South Carolina has decreased 61% since 1991 and we have a continued investment at the local, state, and national level to thank for such progress. But, thinking we have the problem solved is short sighted.  In a state like South Carolina that still has the 12th highest teen birth rate in the nation, there is still plenty of work left to be done.”

Update [24 June 2015]

On June 23rd, the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee passed its version of the FY 2016 spending bill, which dramatically cuts critical programs proven to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, reduce abortion, and save tax dollars.  Specifically, the Senate bill:

  • Cuts funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) from $101 million to $20 million—an 80% cut. This funding has supported programs that have been rigorously evaluated and proven to change behavior. Last year alone, in South Carolina, this federal funding supported 40 community/school partners in 14 counties who reached 12,454 youth with evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programs and reproductive health services. It also increases funding for abstinence-only programs from $5 million to $20 million—a 300% increase.
  • Cuts funding for the Title X Family Planning Program from $286 million to $258 million, a 10% cut when the program has already served over 600,000 fewer women due to cuts since 2010.  Title X  provides millions of low income women and men with contraception. This comes on the heels of the House subcommittee’s bill that eliminated TPPP and Title X entirely.  These actions put both programs in great jeopardy. There are currently over $5 million Title X dollars coming into South Carolina annually, supporting family planning and preventive health service delivery to low income women and men.

Next Steps

  • The full House Appropriations Committee will vote on their version of the LHHS bill eliminates TPPP and Title X this Wednesday June 24th. 
  • The full Senate Appropriations Committee will take their version of the LHHS spending that dramatically cuts the programs on Thursday June 25th

What Can You Do?

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is on the Senate Appropriations Committee that will debate this issue this week. Call Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Tim Scott TODAY and urge them to continue fully funding the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Title X program for Fiscal Year 2016. They must hear from South Carolinians the dramatic, negative impact these cuts would have on our state. For our supporters and partners outside of South Carolina, to find out who your member of Congress is — click here.

Please use these links to learn more information about the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Title X Program

South Carolina Representatives

Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) | 202-224-5972

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) | 202-224-6121

What's The Issue

The United States House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee recently proposed elimination of two critical programs proven to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy in its draft Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill. The draft funding bill, completely eliminates funding for the Title X and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which is a massive step backwards after 20 years of progress. This proposal is also in direct contrast to a stated desire from lawmakers and the voting public to fund what works in social service programs and all areas of government.

The Impact

  • United States House of Representatives version eliminates all $101 million in funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), and the Senate version cuts the program by 80% (effectively eliminating it), which supports programs that have been rigorously evaluated and proven to change behavior.  
  • Multiple organizations in South Carolina recently applied for new five year funding (2015-2020) via the TPPP program.  While funding decisions have not yet been made, South Carolina stands to be very competitive and benefit from this program for years to come. At least seven competitive applications have been submitted which will ultimately serve more than 16,000 youth annually, through partnerships with dozens of agencies across the state, and bring in over $4.25 million in grant funding annually to South Carolina. 
  • Eliminates all $286 million in funding for the Title X Family Planning Program that provides millions of low income women and men with contraception. There are currently $5,539,000 Title X dollars coming into the South Carolina annually, which support family planning and preventive health service delivery to low-income women and men.  In South Carolina – especially in the rural communities that lawmakers care so much about – this is the only access to family planning and preventive health services that these women, youth, and families have. **Through the work and efforts of Title X Programs, South Carolina benefited from nearly $130 million in net savings during the Fiscal Year 2014 
  • Includes broad language allowing insurers (including student health plans) and employers to not cover any service for which they have a religious or moral objection.  This could result in an unknown number of women losing contraceptive coverage.

**Source Guttmacher Institute

Additional Resources

Accelerating Progress 

This highly-valued publication outlines a ‘technical package’ to developing a teen pregnancy prevention strategy for your community. To accelerate progress in South Carolina, the package proposed in this document includes four evidence-based strategies designed to decrease teen pregnancies by promoting abstinence and consistent use of effective birth control methods (including condoms) among sexually active youth.

Working with Schools

If you plan on working with public schools, SC Campaign has numerous helpful materials including an overview of the Comprehensive Health Education Act and tips on adopting new curricula. Go to our fact sheets page and look under Working With Schools.

Federal Application Checklist

This helpful checklist outlines 10 action steps your agency needs to take now to plan for a competitive application. Download the checklist.

Evidence Based Programs

Review the OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center to view summaries of evidence based programs.  You can also use the searchable database to identify programs that fit best with your youth.

Community Mobilization and Youth-Adult Partnerships

Visit Advocates for Youth’s website for more information on community mobilization best practices and how adults can work in full partnership with youth.