Legislation

Sex Offense Set-Aside in PHHSBG

Sex Offense Set-Aside in PHHSBG
Request: Fund the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant at $160 million. Preserve the $7 million set-aside for rape victim services and prevention.
Flexible funding for community needs. The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG) administered by the CDC allows states, territories and tribes to address their own unique public health needs and challenges with innovative and community driven methods.
$7 million set-aside to address sexual assault. The Public Health Service Act of 2010 included a guaranteed $7 million minimum set-aside to support direct services to victims of sexual assault and to prevent rape.
Preserve the set-aside. The President’s FY 2017 budget proposes to eliminate PHHSBG. Congress preserved the block grant in FY 16 guaranteeing at least $7 million to respond to rape. If the PHHSBG is not preserved in FY 2016, NAESV urges Congress to maintain $7 million in flexible funding for services to rape victims and prevention.
“This funding is critical to sexual assault victims in Louisiana. 100% is used for direct services. Our community programs receive no state dollars so this is a crucial source for services to traumatized women and children.” Racheal Hebert, President, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault


States and communities rely on the set-aside to fund sexual assault services and prevention work:

• In California, the funds support assistance to 63 rape crisis centers to increase their capacity to prevent sexual violence.
• In Illinois, the funds support a 24/7 hotline for victims.

• 4,975 legal and medical advocacy services were provided with PHHSBG funds in Kentucky.
“The Rape Set-Aside component of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant is the foundation of rape crisis and rape prevention in our state. First awarded to all states and the District of Columbia in 1981, the funds continue to connect rape survivors with support and treatment for the most devastating crime short of murder. The funds reach into all geographical areas of the state of Illinois providing crisis intervention and education services.” Polly Poskin, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Contact Terri Poore, Policy Director at (850) 228-3428 or terri@endsexualviolence.org.