Comprehensive Genetic Services


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The Maine Genetics Program is located within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Augusta. 

Functions of the Maine Genetics Program

  • Oversees the activities of the Maine Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program (MNBSP). 
  • Administers grants to qualified agencies to provide comprehensive genetic services to individuals in Maine who have or are at risk for genetic conditions or birth defects.

    Services included are:
    • risk assessment
    • laboratory and clinical diagnosis
    • genetic counseling
    • care coordination
    • referral for children identified by the screening programs.
  • Provides education and training to professionals regarding genetics, newborn bloodspot screening.
  • Provides technical assistance to the 32 Maine birth hospitals for all activities of newborn screening, including quality assurance.

Maine State Law- Relating to Comprehensive Genetic Services. Preventing Handicapping Conditions; Advisory program for genetic conditions.

Maine State Law- Relating to protection of health information. See section 5. Rules and regulations regarding the confidentiality of records containing certain medical information.

For information please contact Holly Richards:
TTY:  Maine relay 711

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