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Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) works to increase the number of districts offering high-quality “abstinence-plus” sex education policies and programs.

Why is CHART Needed?

With the passage of House Bill 999 (HB 999) in the Mississippi Legislature in 2011, school districts are now required to adopt and implement a sex education policy – either abstinence-plus or abstinence-only. However, the HB 999 provided no additional funding to school districts to carry out this mandate.

Fortunately, the hard work of Teen Health Mississippi and the Mississippi State Department of Health to secure federal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) dollars allowed districts choosing to implement the CHART program to do so at no cost.

How It Works

CHART collaborates with Mississippi school districts to increase adoption and implementation of abstinence-plus sex education policies and evidence-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate programs. The CHART initiative is a partnership between Teen Health Mississippi and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

CHART is not a curriculum. It’s an initiative that brings resources, tools, and technical assistance to districts free of cost through the PREP grant. Learn more about CHART by reviewing our information for districts and educators:

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For more information and questions about CHART, contact Josh McCawley at or 601-398-9008.