[Ord. No. 12-058 §1, 8-3-2012]
In order to confirm pregnancies and/or detect sexually transmitted diseases and prevent their transmission, the Department of Community Health and the Environment through its Division of Public Health shall perform the services of pregnancy testing, and of testing, treating, follow-up re-testing, counseling, preventive measures, and epidemiological investigation for sexually transmitted diseases, for persons seeking such services and for such persons' contacts. Medical procedures shall be performed only under standing orders of a physician duly licensed by the State of Missouri.
[Ord. No. 96-56 §1, 5-29-1996; Ord. No. 97-188 §1, 11-26-1997; Ord. No. 02-167 §1, 10-30-2002; Ord. No. 12-058 §1, 8-3-2012]
Fees shall be charged to persons seeking the services identified in Section 235.001 as provided in this Section. The Director is authorized to establish fees not to exceed the Department's costs in providing services and items under this Program. In the interest of public health, such fees may be less than the Department's costs, but shall be re-calculated and posted on the Department's premises and on its website during the first five (5) days of January in every calendar year. The Department may also recommend that such persons make donations to St. Charles County and accept such donations for St. Charles County and remit them to the Department of Finance.
[Ord. No. 96-56 §2, 5-29-1996; Ord. No. 12-058 §1, 8-3-2012]
In the interest of public and health and safety, the Director is further authorized to waive the fees authorized by Section 235.010, above, for persons who are inmates in the custody of the Department of Corrections of St. Charles County, inpatients in the care of providers of residential drug-treatment programs, or individuals who affirm that they are without incomes of their own from full-time or part-time employment enabling them to pay those fees.
Section 235.030 Policy On Treatment and Counseling For Pregnancy and For Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
[Ord. No. 97-123 §§1—4, 8-27-1997; Ord. No. 12-058 §1, 8-3-2012]
The St. Charles County Division of Public Health in the Department of Community Health and the Environment shall offer non-judgmental/non-directive information regarding care options in its pregnancy testing and sexually transmitted diseases program.
The St. Charles County Division of Public Health shall not provide abortion counseling or referrals nor shall it provide the post-conception pharmaceutical RU-486 or other generic pharmaceuticals with the same properties as RU-486.
The St. Charles County Division of Public Health shall counsel and encourage all unemancipated minors receiving services from the St. Charles County Division of Public Health to involve their parents in health related decisions, including pregnancy testing or testing or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. The refusal of a minor to involve their parents shall not be grounds to refuse any information regarding health care or testing or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
All patients who are receiving medication or prescriptions for medication, or who are undergoing intrusive procedures through the St. Charles County Division of Public Health are required to provide a valid informed consent before the medication, prescription or intrusive procedure shall be administered. Refusal or inability to provide such informed consent shall be cause to refuse the medication, prescription or procedure and to refer the patient to another provider of health care services. Persons eligible to provide consent:
Any adult eighteen (18) years of age or older;
Any minor emancipated by reason of marriage or as a result of becoming a parent or guardian for themselves or for their minor child or minor ward;
Any parent for their minor child;
Any guardian for their ward;
Any minor for testing or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, for a test for pregnancy, or for alcohol or drug abuse treatment.