Information about CEU requirements back in force:

https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/governor-ducey-issues-executive-order-expand-licensing-opportunities

NOTE  THE RECENT AZDHS UPDATE REGARDING CHANGES IN HEARING CERTIFICATION

BE SURE TO READ R9-13-115 in the Hearing Screening Statute.

Direct all questions to AZDHS Sensory Program.

SEE link Below:

 https://www.azdhs.gov/prevention/womens-childrens-health/ocshcn/index.php#hearing-screening

Arizona Hearing Screening Requirements for Newborns and School-Aged Children

The following information summarizes hearing screening programs for newborns and school-aged children.

The information has been collected by researching individual state statutes, regulations, policy documents, and by contacting each state. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Newborn Screening

Screening

When a birth is reported, the attending physician or person who is required to make a report on the birth shall order or cause to be ordered tests for certain congenital disorders. The results of tests for these disorders must be reported to the Department of Health Services.

Intervention

If tests indicate that a newborn or infant may have a hearing loss or a congenital disorder, the screening program shall provide follow-up services to encourage the child’s family to access evaluation services, specialty care and early intervention services.

Standards/Protocols

Standards/protocols are not addressed in Arizona statutes/regulations.

Tracking/Reporting

When an initial hearing test is performed on a newborn, a health care facility’s designee, a health care provider, or the health care provider’s designee must provide to following information to the Department of Health Services:

  • The newborn’s name, date of birth, gender, and medical record number;
  • Whether the newborn is from a single or multiple birth;
  • If the newborn is from a multiple birth, the birth order of the newborn;
  • The newborn’s mother’s first and last names;
  • The name and identification code of the health care facility or health care provider submitting the hearing test results;
  • The name and identification code of the health care facility of birth;
  • The name of the health care provider responsible for the coordination of medical services for the newborn;
  • The date of the hearing test;
  • Whether or not the hearing test was performed when the newborn was an inpatient;
  • The audiological equipment used for the hearing test and the type of hearing test performed;
  • The hearing test result for each of the newborn’s ears; and
  • The name, address, and phone number of the contact person for the health care facility or health care provider.

If the reported results of an initial or subsequent hearing test on a newborn include an abnormal result, a health care facility’s designee, a health care provider, or the health care provider’s designee shall provide the following information to the Department of Health Services:

 

 

  • The newborn’s race, ethnicity, and if applicable, AHCCCS identification number;
  • The mother’s date of birth, name before first marriage, mailing address, and phone number;
  • If the newborn’s mother does not have physical custody of the newborn, the first and last names, mailing address, and phone number of the person who has physical custody of the newborn;
  • The name of the health care provider who will be responsible for the coordination of medical services for the newborn after the newborn is discharged from the health care facility; and
  • The name and phone number of the person to whom the newborn’s mother or other person who has physical custody of the newborn was referred for a subsequent hearing test.

Hearing test results must be reported each week by the sixth day of the subsequent week.

School-Age Screening

https://www.azed.gov/shs/schoolhealth/guidelines/

 

Mandated Hearing & Vision Screening Hearing & Vision screening is located under the Arizona Department of Health Services Sensory Program. Hearing & Vision screening is a legislatively mandated program that requires all Arizona educational institutions to provide hearing & Vision screening and referrals to school-aged children. The mandate requires that all private, charter and public schools make available to its students a systematic screening for hearing and/ or disorders in order to allow early identification and appropriate intervention. The Program’s primary objectives are to identify children with hearing and vision impairments and refer them to intervention services in the community; annually increase the numbers of schools complying with the hearing screening mandate; annually increase the number of hearing and vision screenings performed on school-aged children; and develop curriculum for hearing and vision screening and training that will enhance performance and outcome with any student population.

Ages/Populations Screened

  1. A student enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, and grade 1,3, 5, 7 and 9;
  2. A student enrolled in grade 2, 4, or 6, unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 1;
  3. A student enrolled in grade 6 or 8, unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 5 or 7;
  4. A student enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12 unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 9;
  5. A student receiving special education; and
  6. A student who failed a second hearing screening in the prior school year.

Who Can Screen

  • An audiologist;
  • An individual who is not an audiologist may perform a hearing screening only if the individual passes a hearing screener course;
  • An individual who does not meet the screener qualifications may perform a three-frequency, pure tone hearing screening, other than a second hearing screening, only under the supervision of an individual who meets the screener qualifications.

Training for Screeners

Hearing screening training course includes:

  1. Ninety minutes of classroom instruction in the introduction to hearing
  2. One hundred twenty minutes of classroom instruction in hearing screening covering:
    • Auditory development,
    • Early identification of hearing loss,
    • Principles of hearing screening,
    • Selection of hearing screening methods, and
    • Components of setting-up a hearing screening program;
  3. Seventy five minutes of classroom instruction in referral and reporting
  4. For an individual who will perform a hearing screening using three-frequency or four-frequency, pure tone hearing screening: 120 minutes of classroom instruction
  5. For an individual who will perform a hearing screening using tympanometry with three-frequency, pure tone hearing screening: 60 minutes of classroom instruction covering:
    • The anatomy and functions of the middle ear,
    • What tympanometry measures and identifies,
    • Using a tympanometer,
    • Performing a tympanometry hearing screening, and
    • Identifying children who need referral and evaluation;
  6. For an individual who will perform a hearing screening using otoacoustic emissions hearing screening: 60 minutes of classroom instruction covering:
    • What otoacoustic emissions identify and measure,
    • Using otoacoustic emissions equipment,
    • Performing an otoacoustic emissions hearing screening, and
    • Identifying children who need referral and evaluation;

The screener must pass the course scoring 80% or more on an examination that tests what the individual has learned. Every five years after completing a hearing screener course, a screener who is not an audiologist shall pass another hearing screener course.

Type of Testing

A screener shall perform a hearing screening in each ear using one of the following hearing screening methods:

  1. Three-frequency, pure tone hearing screening that screens at each of the following frequencies and intensities
    • 1000 Hz at 20 dB HL,
    • 2000 Hz at 20 dB HL, and
    • 4000 Hz at 20 dB HL;
  2. Three-frequency, pure tone hearing screening with tympanometry that:
    • Includes a tympanogram that is generated automatically or is plotted at a minimum of the following three points:
    • +100 mm H2O,
    • Point of maximum immittance, and
    • -200 mm H2O; and
  3. Screens at each of the following frequencies at 20 dB HL:
    • 1000 Hz,
    • 2000 Hz, and
    • 4000 Hz; or
  4. Otoacoustic emissions hearing screening using otoacoustic emissions equipment that generates a pass or no pass result:
    • Using a minimum of three frequencies,
    • At no less than 3 dB above the noise floor, and
    • With reproducibility greater than 50%.

Equipment Standards

A school administrator shall ensure that equipment used to perform hearing screening shall be calibrated annually and inspected within 24 hours of use.

Follow-up Protocols & Documentation

If a student does not pass a second hearing screening or does not complete a second hearing screening within the time period required, a school administrator shall provide to the student’s parent, within 10 school days from the date of the second hearing screening or from the date the period for completing a second hearing screening ends, a referral to have the student’s current hearing status evaluated by one of the following:

  • An audiologist, a physician, or a primary care practitioner if the screener used only the four-frequency, pure tone hearing screening method;
  • A physician or primary care practitioner if the student did not pass the tympanometry portion, but passed the three-frequency, pure tone portion of the hearing screening;
  • An audiologist if the student did not pass the three-frequency, pure tone portion, but passed the tympanometry portion of the hearing screening; or
  • An audiologist, a physician, or a primary care practitioner if the screener used the otoacoustic emissions hearing screening method.
  • A school administrator shall retain, for Department of Health Services review and inspection, a written record of:
  • The date and results of a student’s hearing screening for no less than three complete school years beginning on the first July 1 after the student’s last date of attendance at the school, and
  • All calibration dates for a piece of hearing screening equipment currently used in the school.
  • By June 30 of each year, a school administrator shall submit to the Department of Health Services the following information for the school year ending that June 30.
  • The number of students by grade in each of the following categories:
    • Were enrolled at the time of a first hearing screening,
    • Did not have a first hearing screening,
    • Had a first hearing screening,
    • Did not pass a first hearing screening,
    • Had a second hearing screening,
    • Did not pass a second hearing screening,
    • Were evaluated by an audiologist,
    • Were evaluated by a physician or a primary care practitioner,
    • Were first diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing during the current school year, and
    • Were diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing during a prior school year; and
    • The name of each individual who performed a hearing screening in the school and:
    • The individual’s license number to practice audiology, or
    • Evidence that the individual successfully completed a hearing screening course.

Resources

For further information on hearing screening requirements, visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

VISION SCREENER LAW:

Bill Text: AZ SB1456 | 2019 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced

Arizona Senate Bill 1456 (Adjourned Sine Die)

NOTE: There are more recent revisions of this legislation. Read Latest DraftBill Title: Vision screening; schools; appropriation

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-07 – Chapter 316 [SB1456 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2019-SB1456-Introduced.html

 

 

 

REFERENCE TITLE: vision screening; schools; appropriation
State of ArizonaSenateFifty-fourth LegislatureFirst Regular Session2019
SB 1456
Introduced bySenator Allen S

 

AN ACT

 

AMENDING TITLE 36, CHAPTER 7.2, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2; APPROPRIATING MONIES; RELATING TO VISION SCREENING.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Heading change

The chapter heading of title 36, chapter 7.2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is changed from “CHILD HEARING PROGRAMS” to “CHILD HEARING AND VISION PROGRAMS”.

Sec. 2.  Title 36, chapter 7.2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 2, to read:

ARTICLE 2.  VISION SCREENING FOR CHILDREN

36-899.10.  Vision screening; administration; rules; notification; definitions

A.  EACH SCHOOL SHALL PROVIDE VISION SCREENING SERVICES TO THE FOLLOWING:

1.  STUDENTS IN GRADES THAT ARE PRESCRIBED BY THE DEPARTMENT BY RULE.

2.  STUDENTS RECEIVING OR BEING CONSIDERED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND WHO HAVE NOT BEEN SCREENED IN THE LAST YEAR PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

3.  STUDENTS WHOSE TEACHER HAS MADE A REQUEST FOR THE STUDENT TO BE SCREENED AND WHO HAS NOT BEEN SCREENED IN THE LAST YEAR PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

4.  STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT READING AT GRADE LEVEL BY THE THIRD GRADE PURSUANT TO THE STATE ASSESSMENT REQUIRED IN SECTION 15‑741, IF THE RULES ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT DO NOT REQUIRE SCREENING IN THE THIRD GRADE.

B.  A SCHOOL NURSE, VOLUNTEER OR OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL WHO HAS UNDERGONE TRAINING DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ADMINISTER THE VISION SCREENINGS.

C.  A VISION SCREENING CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION DOES NOT SATISFY A REQUIREMENT FOR A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO COMPLETE A VISION SCREENING OF A CHILD ACCORDING TO ESTABLISHED GUIDELINES FOR PEDIATRIC CARE.

D.  THE SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY SHALL PROVIDE THE VISION SCREENING RESULTS TO THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF EACH STUDENT WHO HAS NOT PASSED A VISION SCREENING WITHIN FORTY‑FIVE DAYS AFTER THE VISION SCREENING AND SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE PRIVACY LAWS.� THE RESULTS SHALL IDENTIFY THAT THE STUDENT DID NOT PASS THE VISION SCREENING AND THE NEED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE EYE AND VISION EXAMINATION.� THE RESULTS SHALL STATE THAT A VISION SCREENING IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO A COMPREHENSIVE EYE AND VISION EXAMINATION.

E.  THE SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY PROVIDING VISION SCREENING SERVICES SHALL PROVIDE TO THE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL DATA SUBMISSIONS IN A DEPARTMENT‑APPROVED FORMAT THAT COMPLIES WITH STUDENT PRIVACY LAWS.

F.  A STUDENT IS NOT REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO ANY VISION SCREENING REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION IF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF THE STUDENT OBJECTS AND SUBMITS A STATEMENT OF THE OBJECTION TO THE SCHOOL OR IF THE STUDENT HAS A CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF PERMANENT VISION LOSS.

G.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF ASSISTING AND IMPLEMENTING THE VISION SCREENING REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THIS SECTION, THE DEPARTMENT OR ITS DELEGATE MAY:

1.  DEVELOP AND PROVIDE VISION SCREENING TRAINING TO SCREENERS DESIGNATED IN SUBSECTION B OF THIS SECTION.

2.  SUBJECT TO AVAILABLE MONIES, PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH MATERIALS THE DEPARTMENT DETERMINES BY RULE TO BE NECESSARY FOR CONDUCTING VISION SCREENINGS.

3.  COMPILE THE SCHOOL VISION SCREENING DATA, WITH ALL INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED, FOR REVIEW AND ANALYSIS BY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

H.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ADOPT RULES PURSUANT TO TITLE 41, CHAPTER 6 TO CARRY OUT THIS SECTION.  THE RULES MAY NOT REQUIRE MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT SPECIFIC TO ANY ONE PROVIDER AND SHALL INCLUDE, WHERE CONSISTENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION, FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE VISION SCREENINGS.  RULES ADOPTED TO CARRY OUT SUBSECTION A OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DONE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

I.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:

1.  “COMPREHENSIVE EYE AND VISION EXAMINATION” MEANS A VISION EXAMINATION PERFORMED BY AN OPTOMETRIST OR OPHTHALMOLOGIST.

2.  “DEPARTMENT” MEANS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES.

3.  “SCHOOL” MEANS A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL THAT PROVIDES INSTRUCTION IN PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AND GRADES ONE THROUGH TWELVE, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THOSE PROGRAMS OR GRADES.

4.  “VISION SCREENING” MEANS USING A VISION SCREENING METHODOLOGY PRESCRIBED BY RULES ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION THAT INCLUDE THE EVALUATION OF VISUAL ACUITY, DEPTH PERCEPTION AND COLOR VISION AND THAT MAY INCLUDE REFRACTION.

5.  “VISION SCREENING SERVICES” MEANS SERVICES THAT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING, TESTING AND EVALUATING A CHILD’S VISION AND IDENTIFYING THE NEED FOR FOLLOW-UP SERVICES, AS PRESCRIBED BY RULES ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

Sec. 3.  Appropriation; department of health services; vision screening

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2019‑2020 to the department of health services for the purposes prescribed in title 36, chapter 7.2, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, including to purchase vision screening kits if monies are available.

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