191.934. 1. There is hereby established a "Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee".
2. The committee shall advise and assist the department of health and senior services in:
(1) Developing rules, regulations and standards for screening, rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessment;
(2) Developing forms for reporting screening, rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessment results to the surveillance and monitoring system;
(3) Designing a technical assistance program to support facilities implementing the screening program and those conducting rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessment;
(4) Developing educational materials to be provided to families; and
(5) Evaluating program outcomes to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
The committee shall also report information concerning the newborn hearing screening program to the state interagency coordinating council, as requested, to ensure coordination of programs within the state's early intervention system, and to identify and eliminate areas of duplication.
3. The committee shall be composed of the following sixteen members, with no less than two such members being deaf or hard of hearing, appointed by the director of the department of health and senior services:
(1) Three consumers, including one deaf individual who experienced hearing loss in early childhood, one hard-of-hearing individual who experienced hearing loss in early childhood and one parent of a child with a hearing loss;
(2) Two audiologists who have experience in evaluation and intervention of infants and young children;
(3) Two physicians who have experience in the care of infants and young children, one of which shall be a pediatrician;
(4) One representative of an organization with experience in providing early intervention services for children with hearing loss;
(5) One representative of the Missouri school for the deaf;
(6) One representative of a hospital with experience in the care of newborns;
(7) One representative of the Missouri commission for the deaf and hard of hearing;
(8) One representative from each of the departments of health and senior services, elementary and secondary education, mental health, social services and insurance, financial institutions and professional registration.
4. The department of health and senior services member shall chair the first meeting of the committee. At the first meeting, the committee shall elect a chairperson from its membership. The committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but not less than four times a year.
5. The department of health and senior services shall provide technical and administrative support services as required by the committee. Such services shall include technical support from individuals qualified to administer infant hearing screening, rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessments.
6. Members of the committee shall receive no compensation for their services as members but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred as a result of their duties as members of the committee.
7. The committee shall adopt written bylaws to govern its activities.
8. The newborn hearing screening advisory committee shall be terminated on August 28, 2001.
(L. 1999 H.B. 401 § 191.259, A.L. 2002 H.B. 1783)
Missouri General Assembly