Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (Ohio PREP) for Foster Care and Adjudicated Youth
The Ohio PREP Project is a program through the Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
The Ohio PREP Project seeks to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates in Ohio’s youth, ages 14-19, residing in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Youth in these systems have an increased vulnerability for risky sexual behaviors, often moving from home to home or from detention centers, making it difficult to learn and discuss sexual health with trusted adults or within school health classes. PREP will provide this education, outside of the school day, for these youth.
Direct care staff from both the foster care and juvenile justice systems will receive training on the evidence-based Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum. In addition, three adulthood topics were incorporated to aid youth in the successful transition into adulthood.
- Healthy Relationships
- Pregnancy Risk
- HIV/STD Risk
- Refusal Skills
- Delay Tactics
- Avoiding High Risk Situations
- Getting & Using Protection
- Financial Literacy
- Career Building Skills
- Skills Integration
To maximize program success, Ohio was divided into nine regions each consisting of multiple counties. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, in collaboration with Bowling Green State University (BGSU), received funding from the Ohio Department of Health for Region 1, Northwest Ohio. The Counties in Region 1 are: Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood. Each region was awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health. The funded agencies work directly with the foster care and juvenile justice agencies within their region.