Current and anticipated public health legal preparedness and response issues.
Legal and policy toolkit for the use of DBS and related information.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act presents modern day solutions for draconian practices currently used in our criminal courts. Among other things, it reduces mandatory minimums for drug offenses and does so retroactively. The National Urban league is asking for a slowdown because it is concerned that the reforms will simply continue the trend of disproportionate sentences and punishments in the federal system for minorities. While the concern is reasonable, it is important from a public health perspective to hope that a resolution can come sooner rather than later.
Newborn screening is the practice of screening babies for certain harmful or potentially fatal metabolic and genetic conditions that are not otherwise apparent at birth. Though technology has made it possible to screen for an increasing number of conditions, evidence does not support screening for all detectable disorders. This resource contains guidance for decision makers to assess the value and feasibility of adding a condition/s to the state’s newborn screening panel.