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Conditions Screened

Connecticut currently screens for 65 conditions

The Connecticut Program

Each state runs its program differently, for more detailed information please visit their website here.

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What Conditions are Screened For in Connecticut?

Hemoglobin Disorders

Contacts

State of Connecticut
Department of Public Health
Community, Family Health, and Prevention Section
410 Capital Avenue
MS #11 MAT
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-8251
Fax: (860) 509-7720

State NBS Laboratory

Adrienne Manning
Division Director, Newborn Screening
Public Health Laboratory
395 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3503
Phone: (860) 920-6624
Email: Adrienne.Manning@ct.gov

Dr. Katherine A. Kelley
Public Health Laboratory
395 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3503
Phone: (860) 920-6624

NBS Follow-up Program

Marie Buriette RN, BSN, MPH
Supervising Nurse Consultant NBS Tracking
Connecticut Department of Health
395 West Street
Rocky Hill, Conecticul 06067-3503
Phone: 860-920-6622
Marie.A.Burette@ct.gov

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

John Lamb
Community, Family, and Health Equiy Section
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capital Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-8175
Fax: 860-509-8132
Email: John.Lamb@ct.gov

CCHD Contact

Karin Davis
Birth Defects Registry Coordinator
Epidemiologist 3
Community, Family, and Health Prevention Section
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#11MST
PO Box 340308
Hartford, Connecticut 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-4799
Fax: 860-509-7720
Email: Karin.Davis@ct.gov

Cystic Fibrosis Screening

Yale New Haven Hospital
Cystic Fibrosis Laboratory
Phone: 203-688-9884

UCONN Health
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Phone: 860-679-4439

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About Newborn Screening in Connecticut

Program Overview:

State law requires that all newborns are screened for certain genetic and metabolic disorders.  The Connecticut Newborn Screening (CT NBS) Program works to make sure that every newborn, who is born or lives in Connecticut receives this screening and further evaluation and treatment when needed.  These efforts help prevent disability and premature death.

The CT NBS follow-up/tracking staff work with CT birth hospitals, birthing centers and midwife. groups to monitor CT births and make sure that the State Public Health Laboratory receives a NBS blood-spot specimen from every newborn. All NBS specimens are tested for 65 conditions.  The Connecticut newborn screening panel is based on the recommendations of the US Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) and tests for metabolic disorders such as amino acid, fatty acid oxidation and organic acid disorders, in addition to, endocrine, immune, hemoglobin and peroxisomal disorders.

CT NBS Program staff  follow-up each abnormal result and ask the child’s health care provider to collect another blood-spot specimen for repeat screening or report the result to a specialist in genetics, endocrinology, hematology or immunology.  These specialists work with the hospital of birth, primary care provider, midwife or other health care provider and provide care that includes consultation, diagnostic testing, education, counseling and treatment when needed.  

CT NBS continues short term follow-up until the child receives a diagnosis or a condition is ruled out. The CT NBS Program recently partnered with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to form the “Connecticut Newborn Diagnosis and Treatment Network” (the Network). The Network will respond to all reports of infants who screen positive through CT NBS, and will, in coordination with the infant’s PCP or hospital-based provider (HBP), begin the diagnostic work-up, and provide support to the family. The Network will coordinate treatment and long-term follow-up the infant, working with PCPs and specialists statewide. A system for measuring, tracking and reporting of outcomes from birth to age 21 is under development.

Cystic Fibrosis is performed separately through the laboratories atthe UCONN Health Center and Yale, depending on the baby's place of birth. To find cystic fibrosis results, contact the UCONN lab at 860-679-4439 or the Yale Clinical Chemistry Lab at 203-688-9884 or 203-688-2444.

How is Newborn Screening Paid for in ­­Connecticut?

Hospital birthing centers are charged a $110 for the initial newborn screening.  There is no charge for repeat screening or for specimens collected outside of a hospital birthing center.  There is no direct cost to families whose newborns are screened through the Connecticut Newborn Screening Program.

Policies and Resources

Opt-Out:

If newborn screening is in conflict with the parents’/guardians’ religious beliefs they may choose to refuse screening. Birth hospital staff or a midwife will provide information about the benefits and risks of screening and not screening to the parents/guardians before asking the parent/guardian to sign a waiver form. The signed form is kept with the medical record and a copy sent to the CT NBS Program.

Support for families:

One of the concerns a family may have when they find out their child has a condition detected through newborn screening, is how to pay for the treatment that their child needs.  Fortunately, Connecticut has laws and programs which make treatment of these conditions more affordable for families.

Medical Formula and Food

Insurance companies are required to cover prescribed metabolic formulas/foods used to treat some conditions detected through newborn screening.  While there may be a co-payment, deductible or other cost-sharing, these life-saving formulas will be treated the same way as other outpatient prescription drugs in your plan.

The State of Connecticut also provides money to treatment centers specializing in treating children with metabolic disorders, to provide metabolic formulas/foods at a free or reduced cost to families without medical insurance or who experiencing financial hardship.

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) 

CYSHCN is a service available for families of children who have or are at risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and require special services beyond what is required for most children.   Children who have a condition identified through newborn screening may be eligible to receive care coordination and other services through CYSHCN,

Directions is a guide to help you plan and coordinate care for your child with special health care needs. In Directions you will find ways to organize your child’s health information, information about caring for your child’s special needs, resources, and tips from other parents of children with special health care.

Connecticut Birth to Three Program

The Connecticut Birth to Three Program may also provide developmental and health-related services to children identified with a condition through the newborn screening. 

Storage and Use of Dried Blood Spots:

After your child has been screened for all conditions, a small amount of blood remains on the specimen card called a “residual dried blood spot”. The residual dried blood spot is kept by the CT NBS Program for a minimum of 2 years before being destroyed. Records of screening tests are kept at the State Laboratory for a minimum of 5 years before being destroyed.

To see a copy of the blood spot card used in Connecticut click here.

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