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State Newborn Screening Programs

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Connecticut State Law mandates tha all newborns delivered in Connecticut be screened for selected genetic and metabolic disorders. The Newborn Screening Program consists of three components: Testing, Tracking, and Treatment. Specimens are tested at the Department of Public Health (DPH) State Laboratory and all abnormal results are reported to the DPH Tracking Unit who resports the results to the primary care providers and assures referrals are made to the State funded Regional Treatment Centers.

Maine

Department of Maine Health and Human Services

The mission of the Maine Newborn Boodspot Screening Program, an Office of Maine Health and Human Services, is to eliminate or reduce mortality, morbidity and disabilities by screening, detection and treatment of the disorders included in the Maine newborn screening panel.

Massachusetts

New England Newborn Screening Program (NENSP) of the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The New England Newborn Screening Program is a comprehensive public health screening program for newborns, providing service for five New England states. The program provides high quality, timely, low-cost laboratory screening, clinical follow-up and research to prevent or minimize the effects of disorders that can lead to death, mental retardation and life-compromising conditions in newborns.

New Hampshire

NH Department of Health and Human Services

The Newborn Screening Program is responsible for assuring that all infants born in New Hampshire are screened at birth for inherited medical disorders. A few drops of blood are taken from an infant's heel 24-72 hours after birth. This is in accordance with state legislation (RSA 132:10a). The goal of this screening is early identification of these conditions so that timely treatment and intervention can take place. Untreated, some of these conditions can cause death and disability. Families may refuse this screening if they wish.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Health

Newborn screening is the practice of testing newborn babies for certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders. Rhode Island law (23-13-13, 23-13-14) requires that all birthing hospitals in Rhode screen every baby for 29 conditions, including hearing loss. All babies are tested, because babies with these disorders often appear healthy at birth. Serious problems, including mental retardation and death, can be prevented if the disorders are discovered early.

Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

The Vermont Department of Health's program to assure that infants born in the state are tested for certain diseases and conditions for which early identification and treatment will prevent severe disability and/or death, and, for those affected, to assure timely initiation of treatment services.