The NCTCFP speaks with Jessica Swafford Marcella, MPA, the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Population Affairs and Director of the Office of Adolescent Health, to discuss the new Title X Final Rule, which went into effect on November 8th, 2021, including changes to options counseling and telehealth services.
In October 2021, HHS published the Title X Final Rule “Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services.”
The 2021 final rule revokes the 2019 final rule, “Compliance With Statutory Program Integrity Requirements”, in its entirety and readopts the 2000 final rule, “Standards of Compliance for Abortion-Related Services in Family Planning Services Projects” with revisions to ensure access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services for all clients, especially for low-income clients. This document, published by the Office of Population Affairs, provides a summary of essential provisions within the 2021 rule.
Founded as the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) in 2006, we changed our name to the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) in 2023. We have been funded by the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services since inception and remain the primary source of clinical training for those providing sexual and reproductive health care in federally-funded settings.
Having served the Title X network for nearly two decades, our team of clinical experts recognized that the term “family planning” falls short of describing the client-centered and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services we offer, especially in an increasingly urgent and rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.
The newly-renamed Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) continues to provide evidence-based clinical training and resources to healthcare providers in Title X settings through increased healthcare quality, equity, and access.