BILL NUMBER: AB 2072	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 9, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 27, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 13, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 5, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Mendoza

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2010

   An act to add Section 124121 to the Health and Safety Code,
relating to public health.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2072, as amended, Mendoza. Hearing screening: resources and
services.
   Existing law, the Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening, Tracking,
and Intervention Act, requires every general acute care hospital with
licensed perinatal services to offer every newborn a hearing
screening test for the identification of hearing loss, as specified,
and provide written information on the availability of community
resources and services for children with hearing loss to the parents
of those who are diagnosed with a hearing loss.
   Existing law, the California Early Start Intervention Services
Act, commonly known as the Early Start program, provides various
early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have
disabilities to enhance their development and to minimize the
potential for developmental delays.
   This bill would also require that parents of a newborn or infant
diagnosed with a hearing loss be provided written or electronic
information  from the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders  on specified communication options for
children with hearing loss by an audiologist  or other
related professional  at a followup appointment after
diagnosis with a hearing loss, and by a local provider for the Early
Start Program upon initial contact with the parents of a newborn or
infant newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. It would also specify
that neither the state  , nor an audiologist,  nor an Early
Start Program provider  ,  shall incur the cost of
implementing this bill.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 124121 is added to the Health and Safety Code,
to read:
   124121.  (a) Parents of all newborns and infants diagnosed with a
hearing loss shall  also  be provided written or
electronic information  from the National Institute on Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders  on American Sign Language
(ASL), Total Communication, Cued Speech, and Listening and Spoken
Language communication options for children with hearing loss,
including, but not limited to, information about deaf and
hard-of-hearing organizations, agencies and early intervention
centers, and educational programs. The information shall be provided:

   (1) By an audiologist  or other related professional
 at a followup appointment after diagnosis with a hearing
loss.
   (2) By a local provider for the Early Start Program, provided for
pursuant to the California Early Intervention Services Act (Title 14
(commencing with Section 95000) of the Government Code) upon initial
contact with the parents of a newborn or infant newly diagnosed with
a hearing loss.
   (b) Neither the state  , nor an audiologist,  nor an
Early Start Program provider  ,  shall incur any cost for
the implementation of this section.