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     50-19-211. Statewide genetics program established. (1) A combined, comprehensive statewide genetics program is established in the department to ensure the availability of services that include but are not limited to:
     (a) comprehensive clinical and self-supporting laboratory genetic services, including but not limited to cytogenetics, DNA, and special chemistry, to all areas of the state and all segments of the population;
     (b) counseling and testing programs for the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions; and
     (c) educational programs for physicians, allied health professionals, and the public with respect to:
     (i) the nature of genetic processes;
     (ii) the inheritance patterns of genetic conditions; and
     (iii) the means, methods, and facilities available to diagnose, counsel, and treat genetic conditions.
     (2) When the department contracts for genetics services under this section, it shall preferably contract with a single entity that is able to provide the combined, comprehensive program. The department and the contractor shall administer the contract in the most cost-effective means practicable.

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 706, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 396, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 401, L. 2007.

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