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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 Mississippi First and the Mississippi State Department of Health to secure federal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) dollars allowed districts choosing to implement the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) program to do so at no cost.

CHART works 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 Mississippi First, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.

CHART is not a curriculum, but an initiative that brings resources, tools, and technical assistance to districts free of cost through the PREP grant. Click the links below for more information on CHART.

For more information on CHART, contact Josh McCawley at or 601-398-9008 ext. 104.