Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance Program Passes With House “Doc Fix” Bill
March 26, 2015
Today, the House passed a two-year reauthorization and improvement of the Title V state block grant within the long-awaited Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation, often referred to as the “doc fix”. The bill heads to the Senate on Friday, with the President already stating that he intends to sign the legislation.
Title V is a holistic program that was inaugurated as a part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 because Congress understood that helping youth avoid sex outside of marriage was the surest way to avoid poverty as adults.
Title V is set to expire September 2015, but SGR reauthorizes the program for 2 years.
Other changes include:
- Increasing funding from $50 million to $75 million.
- Making permanent a provision originally included in the FY 2015 Omnibus funding bill that permits unused Title V funds to be redistributed to states that favor a sexual risk avoidance approach.
These provisions will free up more funds for the program and assure its continuation beyond FY 2015. Unfortunately, these changes do not prevent the misuse of these funds for purposes other than what Congress intended. We hope Congress will close all legal loopholes that permit this current misuse by passing the Healthy Relationships Act, sponsored by Reps. Hultgren (R-IL) and Lipinski (D-IL) in the House and soon to be introduced by Sen. Graham (R-SC) in the Senate.
NAEA applauds House leadership for recognizing the importance of the Title V program to the 300,000 students who annually receive life-changing skills through this program. As a result of the changes made, we anticipate far more students will be empowered to make healthy choices in the future.
In particular, we appreciate the joint leadership, efforts, and support from Speaker Boehner, Chairmen Upton, Pitts, and Flores, and Congressman Hultgren.
In addition, we want to thank the many youth and concerned citizens who attended yesterday’s SRA Day on the Hill event for putting a human face on an issue that is unnecessarily contentious. The nearly 100 youth were especially articulate and compelling as they shared the holistic importance of the SRA message on their personal lives and futures.
We are gratified that youth will have improved access to the important information and skills within the Title V sexual risk avoidance program.
For more information on the SGR “doc Fix” passage, read this article from Roll Call.
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve almost 2 million students each year. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.