Newborn Screening Program Information:
State Laws

State CapitolNewborn screening operates within a state-run public health system in order to ensure that all Minnesota-born infants have access to screening and diagnosis of the disorders on the screening panel. The state-run system also works to reduce health disparities, offer equal access to care and assistance, reduce time between screening, diagnosis, and intervention, and coordinate communication among multiple care providers.

In Minnesota, newborn blood spot screening is mandated by Minnesota Statutes 144.125-144.128, and newborn hearing screening is mandated by Minnesota Statute 144.966. The statutes govern the responsibilities of healthcare providers and the Minnesota Department of Health in newborn screening, specimen collection, distribution of results, and follow-up services. These statutes also govern the Newborn Screening Program’s retention practices.

Minnesota law requires the Newborn Screening Program to make information and forms available to healthcare providers that describe the newborn screening program for use in discussions with expectant parents and parents of newborns. These discussions should include a review of parental options. Forms are available to download from the Education Materials and Forms page.