Madlock Sticks to Guns, Will Accept Full Title X Money Only Under Conditions
In response to state Health Commissioner, Shelby Health Department head demurs on family planning services caseload, wants authority to sub-contract with partners of choice, not excluding Planned Parenthood
June 18, 2011 at 8:45AM
The chess game between the Health Departments of Shelby County and the state of Tennessee over administration of family planning services continued this week with a letter from Yvonne Madlock, director of the Shelby County Health Department, which seemed to capitulate to a key demand from the state Department but contained a crucial hedge. Susan Cooper, the state Health Commissioner, had insisted in a letter to Madlock the previous week that the Shelby County Health Department agree to accept the full $1,345,000 in Title X federal funding which the legislature had appropriated to Shelby County for family planning services in the coming fiscal year.