April 16, 2018
Hearing Wednesday in Lawsuit Against HHS for Early Termination of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Grants
WHAT: Public Citizen will argue against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of four grant recipients challenging HHS’ termination of their Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grants. Congress created the TPPP in 2010 to fund evidence-based programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Public Citizen filed the lawsuit in February.
The plaintiffs – Policy and Research, LLC; Project Vida Health Center; SHIFT NC; and the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy – are among the recipients of 81 five-year grants awarded in 2015 by HHS. The grants were programmatically approved through June 2020. In May 2017, HHS announced that it wanted to end the TPPP in the next fiscal year and then informed all grantees, without explanation, that their grants would be terminated as of June 30, 2018.
Public Citizen will argue that HHS’ early termination of these grants violates the Administrative Procedure Act and will harm the communities that these organizations serve.
WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 18
WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Courtroom 17, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHO: Public Citizen Litigation Group attorney Sean Sherman