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EXPLANATION: Establishes Abstinence Until Marriage Emerging Program at DHEC
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 34,
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, page 417,
after line 9, by adding an appropriately numbered paragraph to
/DHEC: Abstinence-Until-Marriage Emerging Programs
(A) From the funds appropriated to DHEC in this Act as a Special Item and titled "Abstinence-Until Marriage Emerging Programs" the department shall award 36 month grant for abstinence-until-marriage emerging programs. After an award of the 36 month grant, recipients may apply to the department for grant renewals for up to an additional two years for a total of five years of grant funding under same requirements as set forth in this proviso This funding shall be awarded by the department only to non-profit 501(c)(3) agencies meeting the following requirements through a competitive bid process to demonstrate an emerging program/curricula that meets the A-H Title V, Section 510 definition of Abstinence Education. (B) Contracts must be awarded utilizing a competitive approach in accordance with the South Carolina Procurement Code.
(C) Applicants will be given priority that have, for at least two years prior to application, effectively implemented in
South Carolina the program/curricula for which funding is being applied. (D) Applicants must provide a current third party audit that indicates the applicant has the infrastructure and experience to efficiently and effectively manage the funding applied for. (E) Applicants must provide a budget and budget narrative that explains how the funds will be used. (F) Applications must allocate a minimum of 15% of the budget for a qualified third party evaluator to assess both process outputs and behavioral outcomes of the program. (G) Prior to application, proposed programs/curricula must be certified as medically accurate by a government or private agency that has the capacity to provide a quality review of materials for medical accuracy. (H) Prior to application, proposed programs/curricula must be certified by the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) as meeting and being in compliance with all of the Title V, Section 510 A-H requirements for abstinence-until-marriage education programs. (I) Applicants must provide proof of an agreement with a federally certified IRB for review of program and evaluation processes and protocol and must provide proof of the IRB's approval prior to program implementation. (J) The programs implemented by the entity awarded a contract pursuant to this proviso may not violate any portion of the South Carolina Comprehensive Health Education Act when implemented in a school setting. An entity that violates any portion of the South Carolina Comprehensive Health Education Act must reimburse the State for all funds disbursed. Applications must include at an minimum, the following:
1) Proposed 3 year budget with the following detail for the 36 month grant period. The applicant must agree to submit quarterly reports to the department detailing the expenditure of funds and the accomplishments of the project including: a) Personnel costs and fringe by position for each of the following areas: administration, training, education, and other positions identified; b) Operational cost identified in the application; c) Onetime costs over $500 such as supplies. d) Administration cost may not exceed 10% of total project budget. Administration is defined expenses other than educational. 2) Description of program and curriculum to be used. 3) Description of training; 4) Schedule and brief description of project activities for each quarter. 5) Participation Reports at the end of every three months on the following: a) Number of persons who participated; b) Total number of hours provided; c) Number of train the trainer events; e) Other data regarding the activities of the project; 6) A description of the project evaluation to be used; 7) Copy of latest completed independent financial audit and agency's response to any audit exceptions; 8) Qualifications of project personnel; 9) Best Practices to be used and; 10) Evidence Based Curriculum to be used. Organizations or individuals awarded grants must provide quarterly reports on expenditures and participation to DSS within 15 days of the end of each quarter;(K) Grantees failing to submit reports with 30 days of the end of each quarter will be terminated.
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