10.11.02.09

.09 Department Procedures.

A. The Program shall:

(1) Implement the model system;

(2) Perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the advice and consultation of the Advisory Council;

(3) Exercise independent judgment in the day-to-day operations of the Program;

(4) Develop Program processes in consultation with the Advisory Council;

(5) Conduct in-service training on Program procedures;

(6) Maintain a Department database to monitor infants at risk for developing a hearing status that affects speech-language skills;

(7) Track infants identified as at risk for developing a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills for a period of 5 years;

(8) Maintain a service directory within the Department database;

(9) Assure operation of the telephone resource line;

(10) Facilitate referral for diagnostic audiological assessment and early intervention for infants who are at risk for developing a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills;

(11) Maintain records of the audiological assessment reports for infants at risk for developing a permanent hearing status that affects speech-language skills; and

(12) Interface with the single point of entry of the early intervention system.

B. The Secretary shall establish guidelines for the operation of the Advisory Council.