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In September 2010, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services was one of 17 states and tribes to be awarded the Pregnancy Assistance Fund grant from the Office of Adolescent Health. The purpose of this grant is to provide services to pregnant and parenting teens through schools and community-based organizations. The program supported 15 programs on six reservations and in seven population centers in its first round of funding.
The program was refunded in 2013 for an additional four years at a reduced level. The program has awarded six contracts from around the state.
The Pregnancy Assistance Fund is a federal grant of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Sections 10211-10214; Public Law 111-148).
The Healthy Montana Teen Parent Program supports programs that work with pregnant and parenting teens. This support includes funding, training, and technical assistance. The program supports teen mothers and fathers, along with their children.
This program focuses on supporting both teen parents and their children through six core services. These are:
- Flexible, quality education to help young parents complete high school or obtain their GED.
- Case management and family support services.
- Referral and linkages to prenatal care and reproductive health services.
- Quality child care with coordinate links to basic preventive health care.
- Nurturing, parenting, and life skills education and support services.
- Father involvement and support services.
American Indian teens and older teens in Montana have higher birth rates than the general teen population. Supporting these populations is a priority of the Healthy Montana Teen Parent Program. Additionally, the Program is committed to providing at least 50% of its funding to programs serving American Indian pregnant and parenting teens.
The project described was supported by Grant Number 6 SP1AH000023-01 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.
For more information contact Kelly Hart, the Healthy Montana Teen Parent Coordinator by calling (406) 329-1537 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.