Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (Ohio PREP) for Foster Care and Adjudicated Youth

The Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a statewide initiative managed by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. PREP provides free training and materials to professionals working with youth, ages 14-19, who are involved in juvenile justice and foster care systems.

PREP provides education through an adapted version of the Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum, which emphasizes both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. PREP also incorporates three adulthood readiness topics (financial literacy, healthy relationships, and career success) for a total of 20 sessions designed for successful transition into adulthood and independent living.

Lessons and activities are constructed to enhance inclusiveness for all youth.This curriculum is designed to work with transition programs to help the youth in these systems make successful entry into adulthood.

PREP Topics

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Pregnancy Risk
  • HIV/STD Risk
  • Abstinence
  • Refusal Skills
  • Delay Tactics
  • Avoiding High Risk Situations
  • Getting & Using Protection
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career Building Skills

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.

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.  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.

Registration Form

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

Coalition Involvement

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.