Administered by: Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
The Family Planning Program provides medical, social and educational services related to the avoidance, achievement, timing and spacing of pregnancy. Family Planning services are confidential and include the following:
- Physical exams and health screenings including pelvic and breast exam, pap smear, blood pressure and weight check;
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling;
- Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) education, screening, diagnosis and treatment;
- HIV/AIDS risk assessment and prevention education;
- Birth control instruction and counseling;
- Emergency contraception services;
- Infertility education and referral; and
- Pre-conception health education.
Community Education Services
- Workshops and programs for schools, community groups and others, and
- Consultation and training for professionals, parent education programs, and teen outreach.
Special Services (not available at all sites)
- Sterilization services, tubal ligation and vasectomy;
- Colposcopy and biopsies;
- HIV testing and counseling;
- Male services (limited) and
- Special Teen Clinics
The statewide Family Planning Program provides funding to 53 agencies with 112 clinic sites, which include health departments, Planned Parenthood agencies, hospital-based clinics, single service non-for-profit agencies, federally qualified health centers and community-based organizations. Funding is provided to these agencies through federal Title X (Public Health Service), Title XX (Social Services Block Grant), Title V (Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant) and state general revenue funds.
Annually, approximately 140,000 individuals make visits to these agencies for Family Planning services. Women and adolescents with incomes of less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level are the target population of the Family Planning Program. Women with incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level are not charged.
The services provided improve maternal and infant health through assistance in planning and timing of pregnancies; lowering the incidence of unintended pregnancy through education including abstinence, natural family planning and contraceptive services; reducing the need for abortion and lowering the rates of sexually transmitted diseases.