For 40 years, the Indiana Family Health Council (IFHC) has received and administered the federal funding program known as Title X, authorized by President Richard Nixon in 1971 and managed by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services for low-income or uninsured individuals and others.
Because of the funding IFHC receives from Title X, it can provide free or low-cost sexual health services. Title X, by provides access to contraceptive services, supplies and information to all who want and need them, with priority to low-income families. By law, Title X funds may not be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.
The Title X program also helps improve the quality of family planning services by helping IFHC respond to client needs through funds for training, data collection, family planning research and education.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also provides funding through its Title V block grant program. Title V is part of the Social Services Act established more than 75 years ago. The funds are granted to extend and improve health and welfare services for mothers and children through direct family planning services.
IFHC utilizes Title V funding to provide comprehensive perinatal care to women across Indiana.
IFHC also receives funds through the federal Title XX of the Social Security Act, also referred to as the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). Block grant funds are given on the basis of population. While the funds can be used for a variety of programs, the only medical services covered under this funding source are for family planning.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)*
TANF has set aside family planning funding to assist families in need available through IFHC delegate agencies. TANF is what is formerly known as “welfare.” Welfare Reform efforts in Indiana have placed an emphasis on “work first” and “personal responsibility,” replacing cash assistance with transitional services that help people gain employment and depend less on public aid.
*No funds from Title V, XX or TANF are provided to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky