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Mandate Provision: Advisory Committee Established
 
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ARIZONA

Statute: 36-693, Sec. G & H
G. The director shall establish a committee to provide recommendations and advice to the department on at least an annual basis regarding tests that the committee believes should be included in the newborn screening program. Any recommendation by the committee that a test be added to the newborn screening program shall be accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis.
H. The committee shall include the following members who are appointed by the director and who serve without compensation or reimbursement of expenses at the pleasure of the director:
1. Seven physicians who are licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17 and who represent the medical specialties of endocrinology, pediatrics, neonatology, family practice, otology and obstetrics.
2. A neonatal nurse practitioner who is licensed and certified pursuant to title 32, chapter 15.
3. An audiologist who is licensed pursuant to chapter 17, article 4 of this title.
4. A representative of an agency that provides services under part C of the individuals with disabilities education act.
5. At least one parent of a child with a hearing loss or a congenital disorder.
6. A representative from the insurance industry familiar with health care reimbursement issues.
7. The director of the Arizona health care cost containment system or the director's designee.
8. A representative of the hospital or health care industry.

Source: 36-694

ARKANSAS

Statute: Section 3. (a) There is created the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking, and Intervention Advisory Board; (b) The board shall be composed of seven (7) members, appointed by the Governor, with recommendation from the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association from the following professions or groups: ... (g) The board shall have the authority to recommend rules and regulations to implement this act; the department shall promulgate these rules and regulations by July 1, 2000. [Source: SB 819, 1999]

COLORADO

Statute: Section 1. 2)(a)(I) There is hereby established an advisory committee on hearing in newborn infants for the purpose of collecting the informational data specified in paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of this section. [Source: HOUSE BILL 97-1095]

GEORGIA

Statute: Section 1. (d)(1) There is established an advisory committee on hearing in newborn infants for the purpose of studying and collecting the informational data specified in this Code section and reporting such information to the General Assembly and Governor by December 1 of the first year following the year this Code section first becomes effective, and for the purpose of providing recommendations to hospitals, physicians, and other health care institutions, the Department of Human ResourcesY [Source: HB 717]

ILLINOIS

Statute: Section 20. Hearing screening advisory committee. By July 1, 2000, the Department of Human Services shall organize an advisory committee including representatives from the Department of Public Health, the University of Illinois Division of Specialized Care for Children, public and private hospitals, pediatric associations, audiologists, health insurance plans, hearing-impaired persons, parents of hearing-impaired children, and early intervention services. [Source HB 596, 1999]

INDIANA

Statute: Section 6. (b) The newborn hearing screening and intervention advisory board is established.

KENTUCKY

Statute: Section 1. ... (1) The Early Childhood Development Authority is established as a public agency and political subdivision of the Commonwealth with all powers, duties, and responsibilities conferred upon it by statute and essential to perform its functions including, but not limited to, employing other persons, consultants, attorneys, and agents. The authority shall be attached to the Office of the Governor, Office of Early Childhood Development, for administrative purposes and shall establish necessary advisory councils. [Source: HB 706, 2000]

LOUISIANA

Statute: R.S. 46:2264(A) The office of public health in the Department of Health and Hospitals shall establish, in consultation with the advice of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and the advisory council created in R.S. 46:2265, a program for the early identification and follow-up of infants at risk, hearing impaired infants, and infants at risk of developing a progressive hearing impairment. [Source: Senate Bill No. 436]

MAINE

Statute: Sec. 3. 22 MRSA c. 1687 is enacted to read: ... '8823. Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board. The Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board, as established in Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 14-C, is created to provide oversight and advice on the program. The department shall provide administrative support services required by the board. [Source: LD 1814, 1999]

MARYLAND

Statute: SECTION 1. 13-603. (a) There is an Advisory Council for the program. (b) (1) The Advisory Council consists of 10 members appointed by the Secretary.... [Source: SB 624, 1999]

MASSACHUSETTS

Statute: Sec. 67F. There is hereby established an advisory committee for a statewide newborn hearing screening program Y The advisory committee shall advise the department regarding proposed regulations and the validity and cost of screening procedures, and shall recommend standards for appropriate screening methodology based on updated technological developments, methods of recording results and follow up from the screening program, and methods to facilitate interaction of professions and agencies which participate in follow up. [Source: Chapter 243 of the Acts of 1998]

MINNESOTA

Statute: Sec.2, Subd. 2.
Subd. 2. Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee. (a) The commissioner of health shall establish a Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee to advise and assist the Department of Health and the Department of Education in:

   (1) developing protocols and timelines for screening, rescreening, and diagnostic audiological assessment and early medical, audiological, and educational intervention services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing;
    (2) designing protocols for tracking children from birth through age three that may have passed newborn screening but are at risk for delayed or late onset of permanent hearing loss;
    (3) designing a technical assistance program to support facilities implementing the screening program and facilities conducting rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessment;
    (4) designing implementation and evaluation of a system of follow-up and tracking; and
    (5) evaluating program outcomes to increase effectiveness and efficiency and ensure culturally appropriate services for children with a confirmed hearing loss and their families.
    (b) The commissioner of health shall appoint at least one member from each of the following groups with no less than two of the members being deaf or hard-of-hearing:
    (1) a representative from a consumer organization representing culturally deaf persons;
    (2) a parent with a child with hearing loss representing a parent organization;
    (3) a consumer from an organization representing oral communication options;
    (4) a consumer from an organization representing cued speech communication options;
    (5) an audiologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of infants and young children;
    (6) a speech-language pathologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of infants and young children;
    (7) two primary care providers who have experience in the care of infants and young children, one of which shall be a pediatrician;
    (8) a representative from the early hearing detection intervention teams;
    (9) a representative from the Department of Education resource center for the deaf and hard-of-hearing or the representative's designee;
    (10) a representative of the Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People;    (11) a representative from the Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division;
    (12) one or more of the Part C coordinators from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, or the Department of Human Services or the department's designees;
    (13) the Department of Health early hearing detection and intervention coordinators;
    (14) two birth hospital representatives from one rural and one urban hospital;
    (15) a pediatric geneticist;
    (16) an otolaryngologist;
    (17) a representative from the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee under this subdivision; and
    (18) a representative of the Department of Education regional low-incidence facilitators. The commissioner must complete the appointments required under this subdivision by September 1, 2007.
    (c) The Department of Health member shall chair the first meeting of the committee. At the first meeting, the committee shall elect a chair from its membership. The committee
shall meet at the call of the chair, at least four times a year. The committee shall adopt
written bylaws to govern its activities. The Department of Health shall provide technical
and administrative support services as required by the committee. These services shall
include technical support from individuals qualified to administer infant hearing screening,
rescreening, and diagnostic audiological assessments.
    Members of the committee shall receive no compensation for their service, but
shall be reimbursed as provided in section 15.059 for expenses incurred as a result of
their duties as members of the committee.
    (d) This subdivision expires June 30, 2013.Source: HF 1206

MISSISSIPPI

Statute: SECTION 4 . The State Health Officer shall appoint a five-member advisory committee ... which shall advise the State Department of Health and the State Interagency Coordinating Council created in Section 41-87-7 regarding matters of the Infant and Toddler Hearing Impaired Registry established under Section 3 of this act, as part of the Early Intervention Act for Infants and Toddlers (Section 41-87-1 through 41-87-19). [Source: HB572, 1997]

MISSOURI

Statute: SCS HB 401. The bill authorizes the establishment of a non-compensated 16-member Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee and specifies the composition of the committee. The committee is to advise and assist the Department of Health in the operation and evaluation of the hearing screening program. [Source: HB401, 1999]

MONTANA

Statute: Sec. 3. (1) There is a task force on hearing loss in newborn infants for the purpose of advising the department of public health and human services on the collection and reporting of information from the hospitals and other sources and providing recommendations to the department, hospitals, other health care providers, and the publicY (2) The task force may consist of at least 7 and not more than 12 members who must be appointed by the department director and must include the coordinator of part C services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1437, and a representative of a parenting organization. [Source: HB 468, 2001]

NEW JERSEY

Statute: C.26:2-103.8 8. The commissioner shall establish a Hearing Evaluation Council to provide on-going advice to the department on implementation of this act. The council shall be composed of not less than seven persons appointed by the commissioner who include: a board certified pediatrician, a board certified otolaryngologist, an audiologist with certified clinical competence, a person who is profoundly deaf, a person who is hearing impaired, a hearing person of parents who are deaf, and a citizen of the State who is interested in the concerns and welfare of the deaf.

Each member shall hold office for a term of two years and until each member's successor is appointed and qualified. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the person's predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term.

The council shall meet as frequently as the commissioner deems necessary, but not less than once each year. Council members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in carrying out their duties as members of this council. [Source: Title 26 of the Revised Statutes, Chapter 373]

OHIO

Statute: Sec.1, Sec. 3701.507. (A)
Sec. 3701.507. (A) To assist in implementing sections 3701.503 to
3701.509 of the Revised Code, the medically handicapped children's medical advisory council created in section 3701.025 of the Revised Code shall appoint a permanent infant hearing screening subcommittee. The subcommittee shall consist of the following members: (1) One otolaryngologist; (2) One neonatologist; (3) One pediatrician; (4) One neurologist; (5) One hospital administrator; (6) Two or more audiologists who are experienced in infant hearing screening and evaluation; (7) One speech-language pathologist licensed under section 4753.07 of the Revised Code; (8) Two persons who are each a parent of a hearing-impaired child; (9) One geneticist; (10) One epidemiologist; (11) One adult who is deaf or hearing impaired; (12) One representative from an organization for the deaf or hearing impaired; (13) One family advocate; (14) One nurse from a well-baby neonatal nursery; (15) One nurse from a special care neonatal nursery; (16) One teacher of the deaf who works with infants and toddlers; (17) One representative of the health insurance industry; (18) One representative of the bureau for children with medical handicaps; (19) One representative of the department of education; (20) One representative of the Ohio department of job and family services who has responsibilities regarding medicaid; (21) Any other person the advisory council appoints.
(B) The infant hearing subcommittee shall:
(1) Consult with the director of health regarding the administration of sections 3701.503 to 3701.509 of the Revised Code;
(2) Advise and make recommendations regarding proposed rules prior to their adoption by the public health council under section 3701.508 of the Revised Code;
(3) Consult with the director of health and advise and make
recommendations regarding program development and implementation under sections 3701.503 to 3701.509 of the Revised Code, including all of the following:
(a) Establishment under section 3701.504 of the Revised Code of the
statewide hearing screening, tracking, and early intervention program to identify newborn and infant hearing impairment; (b) Identification of locations where assessment of infants hearing
evaluations may be conducted;  (c) Recommendations for methods and techniques of risk hearing screening and hearing evaluation;
(d) Referral, data recording and compilation, and procedures to
encourage follow-up hearing care;  (e) Maintenance of a register of newborns and infants who do not pass the hearing screening;
 (f) Preparation of the information required by section 3701.506 of the Revised Code and any other information the public health council requires the department of health to provide.

Source: HB 150

OREGON

Statute: SECTION 3. The Health Division shall appoint an advisory committee to provide: (1) Advice on the implementation of section 1 of this 1999 Act. (2) Assistance in the preparation of a report to the Seventy-first Legislative Assembly on the status of the newborn hearing screening testing program. The report shall include recommendations on improving the testing program, including but not limited to strategies to increase the rate of early screening for children born in hospitals and birthing centers with less than 200 live births per year or born outside of hospitals and birthing centers. [Source: HB3246, 1999]

Rule: 33-020-0160 The Division shall appoint an Advisory Committee to: (1) Provide advice on the implementation of newborn hearing screening as defined by OAR 333-020-125 through 333-020-0165. (2) Provide assistance in the preparation of a report to the Legislative Assembly on the status of the newborn hearing screening testing program, including but not limited to strategies to increase the rate of early screening for children born in hospitals and birthing centers with less than 200 live births per year or born outside of hospitals and birthing centers. [Administrative rule, division 20, as of Stat. Auth.: 1999 Oregon Laws, Ch. 958, Stat. Implemented: 1999 Oregon Laws, Ch. 958]

PENNSYLVANIA

Statute: SB No. 100, Sec. 4, AY The secretary shall appoint a six-member Infant Hearing Screening Advisory Committee within the department. The advisory committee shall advise and make recommendations on issues relating to, but not limited to, program regulation and administration, diagnostic testing, technical support and follow-up. Members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary travel and other expenses in accordance with applicable law and regulations...

SOUTH CAROLINA

Statute: Section 44-37-40. A. (E) The department shall establish the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Advisory Council, consisting of representatives of agencies, professional disciplines, hospitals, and consumers to advise the department on matters related to the implementation of this section and duties of the department under this section. [Source: 2000 Appropriations B Part II B Section 48]

UTAH

Statute: 26-10-6. Testing of newborn infants.

(5) (a) There is established the Newborn Hearing Screening Committee.

(b) The committee shall advise the department on:

(i) the validity and cost of newborn infant hearing loss testing procedures; and

(ii) rules promulgated by the department to implement this section.

[Source: SB 0040, 1998]

VIRGINIA

Statute: ' 32.1-64.1. E. The Commissioner shall appoint an advisory committee to assist in the design, implementation, and revision of this identification and monitoring system. [Source: S 585, 1998]

WEST VIRGINIA

Statute: ARTICLE 22A. '16-22A-4. Hearing impairment testing advisory committee established. (a) There is hereby established a West Virginia hearing impairment testing advisory committee which shall advise the director of the division of health regarding the protocol, validity, monitoring and cost of testing procedures required under this article. This committee is to meet four times per year for the initial two years and on the call of the director thereafter. [Source: HB2388, 1998]


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