Screening allows for early diagnosis and treatment of disorders that can negatively affect a child’s mental and physical health for a lifetime. In some cases, these disorders can cause death if not diagnosed and treated early.
No federal laws regulate newborn blood spot screening programs. Each state adopts its own screening laws, determines policies and procedures related to screening, and operates its own screening programs. Therefore, the number of conditions that states screen for varies widely.
Emergency Rules and Regulations
Emergency Rules and Regulations to include the addition of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) were signed December 2019. Screening for SMA began January 1, 2020.
Newborn Screening Courier
Due to a change in our newborn screening specimen courier, we are utilizing FedEx to ship specimens from birthing hospitals to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for testing. For more information or FedEx shipping material, please contact Carleigh Soule at 307-777-6297.