10.11.02.06

.06 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council shall:

A. Advise the Department on:

(1) The implementation of an early identification program and follow-up of newborns and infants who have, or are at risk for developing, a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills;

(2) Setting of standards for the Program including procedures for hearing screening;

(3) Monitoring and reviewing of the Program; and

(4) Provision of quality assurance for the Program;

B. Provide consultation to the Department in the development of the Program;

C. Make recommendations for operation of the Program;

D. Provide consultation to the Department in the maintenance of an educational program for families, professionals, and the public integrated with the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program and local early intervention systems, including existing State and local education agency programs;

E. Review any materials the Department may distribute to the public concerning newborns and infants who have a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills;

F. Meet annually with the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee; and

G. Provide consultation to the Department in the adoption of rules and regulations necessary to implement the Program.