New Jersey law requires that every baby born in New Jersey be screened for disorders that can cause serious health problems. All babies born in New Jersey are required to be tested for fifty-five (55) disorders within 48 hours of birth. One heel prick provides enough blood to test for all fifty-five disorders.
Newborn bloodspot screening is a comprehensive program that includes laboratory testing, follow-up of results, and if necessary, examination and treatment by a qualified specialist. Early detection and treatment of the disorders on the newborn screening panel can prevent lifelong disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and life threatening infections.
The Newborn Screening Advisory Review Committee (NSARC) will meet Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9:00a.m. at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Genetic services available in New Jersey include direct clinical care services as well as activities such as screening programs and laboratory services, education activities and birth defects surveillance. The State of New Jersey partially funds a network of Genetic Centers that provide testing, diagnosis, and ongoing management and comprehensive care of genetic conditions. Physicians specially trained in medical genetics, along with genetic counselors, nurses, social workers and other medical specialists provide comprehensive care to patients with genetic concerns.
EHDI is a national public health initiative that supports screening and evaluating every newborn's hearing to detect hearing loss early on. EHDI also supports early intervention enrollment for children diagnosed with hearing loss.
Cathleen D. Bennett
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
New Jersey is home to over 2,000 licensed hospitals, nursing homes, and medical care facilities. The New Jersey Department of Health works to ensure that citizens receive appropriate levels of care in every regulated facility.
New Jersey's local and county health departments are community-based public health service and a first point of contact for questions about public health services or health conditions.