As early intervention laws and regulations are established at the federal level, states are responsible for statewide rules and processes to carry out federal mandates. In Texas, house and state bills passed in state legislation are governing mechanisms. These bills provide guidance on mandates, policies, or strategic changes. Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention carries out these mandates, providing oversight and administration of the state early childhood system.
Early intervention rules and regulations can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, the Health and Safety Code, and/or the Texas Education Code, such as those listed below.
This bill requires the Department of State Health Services/Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (DSHS/TEHDI) to provide information on infants and toddlers identified as deaf or hard of hearing to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs as well as the Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf (SOC at TSD).
Collaboration is mandated between three state agencies: DSHS/TEHDI, the Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf (SOC at TSD), and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) - specifically ECI programs.
This code mandates that all new babies born in Texas shall receive hearing screening, including follow-up services if they are deaf or hard of hearing. Additionally, the code outlines the newborn hearing screening process and establishes types of and costs for medical coverage.