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    Contact Information:

    Abstinence Education Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    PO BOX 149347, MC 1925
    Austin, Texas 78756


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Abstinence Education Program


Funding Availability:

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Abstinence Education Services announces the expected availability of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-AEGP-0123 funding to support abstinence education activities in Texas. The Program provides local entities with funding for additional tools to lower the rates of out-of-wedlock, teen pregnancy. All programs must ensure that abstinence from sexual activity is an expected outcome. Programs used must have demonstrated effectiveness in delaying the initiation of sexual activity and/or reducing recent sexual activity or teen pregnancy.

The posting can be viewed at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=119653. Please check the ESBD website regularly for further information and updates.


We envision communities where youth are healthy, safe, and able to achieve their full potential.


Mobilizing communities to target teen pregnancy with effective abstinence education strategies.


The goal of the Abstinence Education program (AEP) is to encourage the implementation of effective abstinence interventions that will delay initiation of sexual activity as part of a continuum of services to decrease the teen pregnancy rate and rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in youth ages fifteen (15) through nineteen (19).

Rider 53. Funding for Abstinence Sexual Education. It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated in Strategy A.3.3, be utilized for the purpose of implementing abstinence sexual education programs to reduce the need for future family planning services for unwed minors. Any federal funds received by the agency for abstinence education are appropriated to the agency for this purpose. Abstinence education means materials and instruction which:

 a. Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried persons; and

b. Emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity, used consistently and correctly, is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and infection with human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Funds appropriated in Strategy A.3.3, Abstinence Education, must be used to implement sexual education programs that must comply with each of the A-H components of the abstinence education program under Section 510(b)(2), Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 710(b)).


Implementation Strategies:

Direct Service Contracts

Direct service contracts target high risk youth in grades 5-12 with abstinence interventions that include:

  • Effective, medically accurate, abstinence education curricula
  • Opportunity to engage in service learning projects
  • Opportunity to participate in the Texas Youth Leadership Summits


OurTown4Teens is a website for Texans who are ready to take action to reduce teen pregnancy in their community.  This site provides information for abstinence education providers regarding DSHS Abstinence Education Program services. Resources are available for order through the site including information for:

  • Youth (4th – 12th grade)
  • Parents
  • Providers

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

DSHS provides trainings and curricula materials to school districts that choose the Heritage Keepers curriculum through their local School Health Advisory Council.  DSHS provides training for districts through a contract with the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio as well as a regional training network.



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Last updated August 25, 2015