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.
Newborn Screening Rules and Regulations
New Rules and Regulations were put in place effective August 10, 2020. These Rules included a fee increase and the addition of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to our screening panel. Screening for SMA began January 1, 2020.
Newborn Screening Courier
The Newborn Screening Program welcomes a new courier to pick up specimens from birthing hospitals effective July 20, 2020. For more information or questions, please contact Carleigh Soule at 307-777-6297.