The Arizona Office of Newborn Screening has several important goals:
Identify newborns with certain rare disorders and provide timely treatment to prevent or delay serious health issues, offering support to affected families.
Detect potential hearing loss within the first month of life and connect families with appropriate assessments and interventions.
Ensure that newborns referred for follow-up hearing screens before discharge return for outpatient screenings and receive assessments by three months of age and interventions by six months of age.
Recognize the critical importance of early diagnosis and treatment for genetic or metabolic diseases, as delayed intervention can have severe consequences for a baby’s health and development.
Screen for 35 specific conditions in Arizona, most of which are rare but can have devastating consequences if left undiagnosed, justifying mass screening. Hearing loss affects 2 – 4 per 1,000 births, and approximately 1 per 1,000 babies have Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD), with 25% being critical and needing immediate intervention.
Utilize the Arizona State Laboratory as the sole testing facility for the program, with fees collected for testing used to support the Office of Newborn Screening. The Newborn Screening fee in Arizona is $171, covering both the initial and follow-up screenings.