Confidentiality concerns: Missouri and Federal laws
Title X centers may not require parental consent or notification when providing family planning services to minors. Children’s Mercy Teen Primary Care encourages all adolescents to involve a trusted adult in their reproductive decision-making.
Title X requires that
- Minors must be able to receive family planning and reproductive health services without parental consent.
- Parental involvement must be encouraged, but not required.
- This is different than and supersedes state law.
- Only applies to Title X services and supplies, not primary care services.
- The Teen Primary Care must follow federal Title X laws and regulations. We must also follow applicable state and federal law to the extent possible.
Missouri law creates exemptions to confidentiality requirements in the case of mandated child abuse reporting (child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest) and the reporting of certain communicable diseases (HIV, AIDS; Chlamydia; Gonorrhea; Hepatitis A, B, and C; and Syphilis.)
Teens seeking contraceptive services are informed about all methods of contraception. Abstinence as well as contraceptives and safer sex practice options to reduce risks for STI, HIV, and pregnancy are discussed with all adolescents.