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Disappointment over Title X vote

 

The Ravalli County Commissioners voted 3-2 to reject continued funding for Title X Family Planning services on Friday, September 6th. We are extremely disappointed in the decision of the Commissioners to end this program. Family Planning provided an invaluable service to our community for over forty years. The impact of this decision is incomprehensible.

Ravalli County Family Planning provided services to over 400 clients in the last fiscal year. The vast majority of these clients have income levels at or below poverty level. Many of our clients are employed, but are low income and have no access to medical insurance. Services lost include routine birth control at low or no cost, screening and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections, follow-up for high-risk Pap screening results, referral for abnormal findings on clinical breast exams, domestic violence screening, and pregnancy and prenatal counseling. Routine adolescent counseling (including the importance of family involvement, sexual coercion, and abstinence) will not be available.

We would like to thank Commissioners Greg Chilcott and JR Iman for their continued support of the Title X program in Ravalli County. We also thank our local clinical partners, County Board of Health, and community service agencies that have worked with us to provide needed services to an underserved portion of our population for many years. Finally, we thank our past and present clients for their trust and support.

Judy Griffin, RN, BSN, Director

Ravalli County Public Health Department

4 Responses to Disappointment over Title X vote
  1. Lil Abner
    September 28, 2013 | 8:14 pm

    Mike, I applaud you and the courageous commissioners that realize people must be responsible for their actions. Our society advocates serve yourself and a “just do it” attitude for everyone. Our Constitution is our guiding light–Not the wishes of those who only want to serve their own perversions. The sexually immoral no longer want to take responsibility for their own actions. They try to make society and government responsible for what THEY create.

  2. Orion
    September 18, 2013 | 9:49 pm

    Mike in Stevi-

    The Constitution doesn’t say anything about fire departments either. Want to go there?

    • Mike In Stevensville
      September 19, 2013 | 7:34 pm

      You’re right, and I don’t recall any federal mandates about fire stations being issued.

  3. Mike In Stevensville
    September 18, 2013 | 6:53 am

    It is NOT the role government to be involved in health care. Read your Constitution. Demand you FREEDOM from someone else’s demands over you. Make YOUR decision for yourself. Be RESPONSIBLE for your own actions.

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