The mission of the California Department of Public Health, Genetic Disease Screening Program is:
“To serve the people of California by reducing the emotional and financial burden of disability and death caused by genetic and congenital disorders.”
The goal of the newborn screening is:
“To prevent the long-term effects of genetic disease through early screening and early intervention”.
To support the State’s mission and goal, the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Area Service Center (ASC) provides follow-up activities for newborns needing additional testing and/or a referral to pediatric specialists if indicated for diagnostic evaluation and initiation of treatment. The Rady Children’s ASC also provides healthcare professionals and the community with education, resources and technical assistance on the operations of the California Newborn Screening Program.