Newborn Screening


Nurse and newborn

Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Newborn Screening (NBS) Clinical Care Coordination Program to decrease the morbidity and mortality of infants born in Texas through customer-oriented, high quality newborn screening follow-up, case management and outreach education.

Newborn Screening In-Service Education

Newborn Screening (NBS) in-service education is designed to provide general information on the NBS program, genetic disorders screened for in Texas, specimen collection, the importance of early detection & treatment, and resources available to assist health care providers participating in newborn screening. In-service face-to-face trainings are generally for audiences of 15 or more.


Webinar trainings cover general information on the NBS program and are designed for small to mid-size groups. The webinar is a Web-based presentation that is transmitted over the Web, and allows participants to view attached documents and applications electronically from any PC. During the webinar, the Educator will present information regarding the NBS program, and the webinar format allows for open discussion dialogue and questions.
Please contact Tasha Reese, NBS Educator to schedule in-service education for your organization.


Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Texas

Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is one of the leading causes of death in infants less than one-year old. Each year in the United States, 4,800 infants (2/1000 live births) are born with CCHD. Early diagnosis and timely intervention can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and can lead to better outcomes.

House Bill 740, 83rd Legislature Regular Session, 2013, adds CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel.  The Department of State Health Services is in the process of developing program rules under the Texas Administrative Code for CCHD screening and will solicit informal and formal stakeholder input into that process. 

Birthing facilities, hospitals, and physicians may wish to utilize the link below to access a toolkit developed through the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project.  The toolkit provides educational and technical information on screening for CCHD. 

CCHD Toolkit

The Newborn Screening Grand Rounds scheduled for, Monday, April 28, 2014, The Affordable Care Act - Newborn Screening and Children with Genetic Disorders: An Overview, has been CANCELLED.

The latest Annual Report from TX Early Hearing Detection & Intervention is now available.

Newborn Screening Newsletter - Spring 2014

Texas Department of State Health Services
Newborn Screening Unit
PO Box 149347 MC 1918
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-800-252-8023 ext. 3957
Fax: 512-776-7450

Last updated April 24, 2014