Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (Ohio PREP) for Foster Care and Adjudicated Youth
What is Ohio PREP?
Youth residing in foster care and juvenile justice systems have unique circumstances; and because of this, also have increased vulnerability for financial pitfalls, unsuccessful career pursuits, unhealthy relationships, unplanned teen pregnancies, and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections. The Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) can help reduce these risks by facilitating a train-the-trainer approach to educate your staff to become trainers in evidence-based pregnancy prevention and adulthood preparation.
PREP uses the Reducing the Risk (RTR) evidence-based curriculum to provide instruction to foster and adjudicated youth on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. Lessons and activities are constructed to enhance inclusiveness for all students.
Ohio PREP also incorporates three adulthood readiness topics; financial literacy, healthy relationships, and educational/career success to provide 20 well-rounded sessions designed for successful transition into adulthood and independent living.
Who are Ohio PREP eligible youth?
Program eligible youth are:
- Age 14-19
- In foster care, residential placement, kinship care, or shelter care
- In juvenile justice custody, adjudicated, in diversion programs, or on probation
Note: This curriculum is not appropriate for youth with developmental disabilities or with sexual offender status.
- 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
Who can be trained to teach Ohio PREP?
This training is appropriate for agency staff that provides direct programming (groups, education, etc.) to youth in their care. This training is not appropriate for foster parents, county children services case workers, or county developmental disabilities care coordinators unless they engage in instructive programming of some sort with youth on a regular and consistent basis. In addition, normal case coordination does not count as direct involvement. As a result of attending this training, it is expected that participants will begin providing the PREP curriculum to youth at their agency within 90 days.
When and Where are the Ohio PREP Provider Trainings held?
Trainings are held at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, located at 635 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604. Training is typically set-up as a two day course from 9:00 am-4:00 pm both days.
Next training scheduled for: new dates coming soon!
Please complete the registration form no later than ten (10) business days prior to the training date to reserve your spot.
Trainings can also be scheduled on-site for organizations who have 5 or more staff trainees.
Interested in a training at your location? Click here! to submit an interest form! You will receive a follow-up within 2-3 business days.
How much does Ohio PREP Training cost?
Training and all learning materials (manuals and textbooks) will be provided to participants free of charge!
***PREP Medicaid Billing Information***
If an agency is a Medicaid Provider, the PREP curriculum can be billable to Medicaid as Group CPST. Each participant for whom they bill must have a mental health diagnosis. It must be determined by the appropriately licensed person that the material meets medically necessary criteria for the particular youth and the curriculum must be included in the youth’s treatment plan.
The following must be in place to bill Medicaid:
- The youth must have a DSM-IV TR Diagnosis
- The group/class must be medically necessary ( a treatment that will alleviate their symptoms in some way so they can function better)
- The group participation must be noted in their treatment plan
- Appropriate notes must be written for each youth for each participation
- The group/class should be billed as group CPST or as part of a partial hospitalization billing (if the group is part of a day treatment program)
- The agency must be a Medicaid provider and be certified to provide group CPST or partial hospitalization
The Region 1 PREP Advisory Coalition, in combination with the Youth Advocacy Alliance, meets on a quarterly basis, and is designed to bring stakeholders in juvenile justice and foster care together to discuss issues that impact at-risk youth. Additionally, the special joint meeting helps to share resources and information, and to expand the reach of the PREP curriculum within our twelve county region.