"To serve the people of California by reducing the emotional and financial
burden of disability and death caused by genetic and congenital disorders."
The Genetic Disease Screening Program performs the following tasks to support
- Screens newborns and pregnant women for genetic and congenital
disorders in a cost-effective and clinically effective manner. The screening programs provide testing, follow-up and early diagnosis of disorders to
prevent adverse outcomes or minimize the clinical effects.
Ensures quality of analytical test results and program services by
developing standards and quality assurance procedures, and monitoring compliance
Fosters informed participation in its programs in an ethical manner through
a combination of patient, professional, and public education, and accurate and
up-to-date information and counseling.
Provides ongoing critical review, testing, and evaluation of existing
programs to ensure that program objectives and goals are being met.
Develops programs to adopt new methods and implement new services that
further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of current and future
Promotes use of high-quality consumer education materials on genetic
disorders, screening for birth defects and genetic services.