(a) The Secretary may contract with any qualified person to administer the Program.
(b) The Secretary shall:
(1) Develop a system to gather and maintain data;
(2) Develop methods to:
(i) Contact parents or guardians of newborns and their identified primary care providers regarding the results of the newborn hearing screening;
(ii) Contact parents or guardians of newborns and infants who have, or are at risk for developing, a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills; and
(iii) Ensure families are referred to appropriate services;
(3) Establish a toll-free telephone line to communicate information about hearing status that affects speech-language skills and services for infants who have, or are at risk for developing, a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills;
(4) Appoint an Advisory Council for the Program;
(5) Meet annually with the Advisory Council; and
(6) In consultation with the Advisory Council, adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the Program.
Added by Acts 1985, c. 402, § 1, eff. June 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, c. 118, § 1, eff. July 1, 1989; Acts 1999, c. 127, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, c. 128, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999; Acts 2014, c. 30, § 1, eff. July 1, 2014.
MD Code, Health - General, § 13-604, MD HEALTH GEN § 13-604
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.