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State EHDI/UNHS Mandate: Summaries of High-Risk Legislation & Other Issues


Arizona 1987 Establishes a central register of infants who are at high risk for hearing loss. Requires implementation of a comprehensive child hearing loss education program for the general public, the medical community, child care providers, and other professional groups. Establishes a Hearing Impaired Children Advisory Committee.


Florida 1983,
1983 legislation: A statewide coordinated program created to screen, diagnose, and manage high-risk infants identified as hearing impaired. Requires development of risk criteria and provision to parents of materials regarding hearing impairments prior to discharge of such infants from the hospital. Creates a Council for the Infant Hearing Impairment Program and establishes five pilot sites for implementation of the program plan. 1992 Amendments: References to pilot sites and pilot programs were deleted. The Council for the Infant Hearing Impairment Program was eliminated.


Kentucky 1986 Requires the development of a system for identifying newborns who have higher risk than normal of being hearing impaired. Also mandates a program to provide medical and educational information to the families, assist families in securing screening, diagnostic, and medical services at minimal cost, conduct timely review of risk factors, and involve other agencies which provide services to deaf and hearing-impaired children.


New Jersey 1977 Requires Department of Health to appoint a Hearing Evaluation Council responsible for ensuring that (a) all parents of newborns are provided with literature describing the normal development of auditory function; and (b) all hospitals complete a high-risk questionnaire for each newborn, and (c) information about infants with risk factors is sent to the Department of Health. A registry of high-risk infants is to be maintained to remind parents of the need for auditory screening when the child is six months old.


Ohio 1988 Infants who are at risk of hearing impairment are to be identified using a high-risk questionnaire developed by the Department of Health. Each hospital is to provide risk screening of newborns and notify primary care physicians and the Department of Health of infants at risk for hearing impairment. Hospitals must provide a hearing assessment of at-risk infants or provide the infant's parent/guardian with a list of facilities that provide hearing assessment. Establishes a registry of infants at risk for hearing impairment.


Oklahoma 1982 Directs State Board of Health to develop a screening procedure and guidelines for the detection of hearing impairments. Annual publication of the results of the infant screening procedures is required.



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