Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Early Education Intervention Coordinator
Education Dept.  
There is a coordinator for statewide hearing loss early education intervention. The coordinator must: identify, support, and promote culturally appropriate and evidence-based early intervention practices for infants with hearing loss; ensure people involved with a child's intervention plan are provided with progress updates; educate early childhood providers about deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing issues so they can accurately adjust family service plans using data from specialized assessment systems; and work with the department of health, the director of the department of education resource center for deaf and hard-of-hearing, the department of education early hearing detection and intervention teams, and the department of health early hearing detection and intervention advisory council. MN Statute 125A.63

To contact EDHI coordinator Kathy Anderson:
email kathy.anderson@metroecsu.org or call (612) 638-1546

Expectations for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs
Health Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
All hospitals have to create an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. The EHDI programs must: give parents information about the hearing screening test prior to the procedure; comply with parental consent protocol; test newborns before they are discharged from the hospital or before three months of age if the infant is staying longer in the hospital; develop screening and rescreening policies and procedures based on recommendations from the Department of Health; inform the parents, the child's physician and the department of health of the hearing test results before the child is discharged from the hospital; and collect performance data about the department of health. No doctor or hospital can be civilly or criminally liable for not performing the hearing test. MN Statute 144.966

Hearing Tests for Infants
Health Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
Every infant needs to be tested for hearing loss. A nurse midwife, midwife, or administrative officer is responsible for arranging for the hearing test. Parents can choose to not have the tests done. The commissioner of health is responsible for deciding what tests should be done and when the tests should be given to ensure the health of infants in Minnesota. For children born outside of hospitals, one of the health providers at the birth will inform the family orally and in writing as to where the child's hearing can be screened. MN Statutes 144.125 and 144.966

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee
Health Dept.   Education Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
The Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee is responsible for deciding how and when to test infants for hearing loss. The Committee needs to have members that represent specific community perspectives including at least two members that are deaf or hard of hearing. The committee is responsible for establishing timelines for screening and rescreening, creating a system for tracking children that may be at risk, evaluating the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program outcomes to improve effectiveness, and advising and assisting the Department of Health and Department of Education on EHDI issues. MN Statute 144.966

Outcome Data on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Children
Education Dept.  
The department of education must provide data about the outcomes of students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing and received early intervention services. MN Statute 125A.63
To look at the data collected: click here

Support to Families through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Health Dept.   Human Services Dept.  
Department of Health has the responsibility to oversee all the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. The Commissioner of Health will create a contract with a nonprofit that can provide support for families with children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Support includes providing information on medical, communication, and educational options. Allocates funds for Parent Guides who provide unbiased information to parents on medical, communication and educational options. MN Statute 144.966
To recieve support: click here To contact: click here