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(a)?The department is authorized to receive and disburse such funds as may become available to it for family planning programs to any organization, public or private, engaged in providing contraceptive procedures, supplies and information.
(b)?Any family planning program administered by the department may be developed in consultation and coordination with other family planning agencies in this state.
(c)?For purposes of any county having a population in excess of five hundred thousand (500,000), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, the commissioner shall, in distributing the funds provided for under this section, issue a single request for grant proposals for each affected county for funding for family planning programs. ?The commissioner shall send a notification of this request to the affected county health departments and shall place a notification on the department's web site. ?The commissioner shall allow at least thirty (30) days after issuing the notification before closing the application period. ?The commissioner and the department shall encourage the county health departments to take every step possible to be able to accept all family planning funds provided by the state for that particular county. ?Upon receipt of all applications, the commissioner shall first consider and give preference to funding requests from the county health departments. ?The commissioner shall not exclude a county health department that seeks full funding of family planning services if, at the time of the application, the county health department does not have the capacity to serve the number of patients as estimated in the request for grant proposal. ?The county health department must provide documentation, however, demonstrating its ability at the inception of the grant period to serve the number of patients estimated in the request for grant proposal. ?Acceptance of such funding shall create an obligation under this section to provide family planning services to all eligible clients seeking services throughout the term of the grant.
(d)?If funds remain after the awarding of funds to county health departments as provided in subsection (c), the commissioner may make funding available to any other applicants pursuant to the request for grant proposal.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Tennessee Code Title 68. Health, Safety and Environmental Protection § 68-34-105 - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-68-health-safety-and-environmental-protection/tn-code-sect-68-34-105/
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