DHSS Contact: Jami Kiesling, Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood
Email: jami.kiesling@health.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-6266
Toll Free: 800-877-6246
Fax: 573-751-6185
Appointing Authority:  Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services

Details on Board or Commission

  • Authority: RSMo 191.305
  • Authority 2: RSMo 191.310
  • Purpose: To advise the department in all genetic programs including metabolic disease screening programs, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis programs.  The committee shall advise the department on the provision of genetic services to insure the following:
    1. That high quality is maintained;
    2. That genetic programs are responsive to the needs of the entire state;
    3. That funding is equitably allocated to all phases of the program;
    4. That the department is advised on methods of implementing genetic services;
    5. That duplication of services is eliminated; and
    6. That a yearly evaluation of genetic programs is completed to ascertain how successfully the goals of the program are being achieved.
  • SubCommittees: Hemophilia Standing Committee, Newborn Screening Standing Committee, Sickle Cell Standing Committee, and Newborn Hearing Screening Standing Committee

Details on Meetings

  • Number of meetings: 2 meetings annually
  • Location of meetings: Jefferson City, MO
  • Duration of meetings: 3 hours each meeting
  • Preparation time for meetings: varies
  • Total time commitment: 6 hours annually, minimum
  • Subcommittees: additional commitment of up to 2 meetings annually, 2 hours each meeting

Details on Members

  • Total members: 15
  • Appointed members: 15
  • Term length: 3 years
  • Compensation: Members of the committee do not receive compensation for their services, however they can be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
  • Member Requirements: The committee shall be composed of persons who reside in the state of Missouri, and a majority shall be licensed physicians. At least one member shall be a specialist in genetics; at least one member shall be a licensed obstetrician/gynecologist; at least one member shall be a licensed pediatrician in private practice; at least one member shall be a consumer, family member of a consumer or representative of a consumer group; at least one member shall be a licensed physician experienced in the study and treatment of hemophilia; at least one member shall be a specialist in sickle cell anemia; and at least one member shall be a specialist in cystic fibrosis.
  • Political Requirements: no
  • Geographic Requirements: yes, members must reside in Missouri
  • Liaisons: The director of the department of mental health shall designate an employee of that department to provide liaison with services provided by that department which relate to the genetic programs established under the provisions of sections 191.300 to 191.331191.340, and 191.365 to 191.380.  The commissioner of education shall designate an employee of the department of elementary and secondary education to provide liaison with the genetic program established in sections 191.300 to 191.331191.340, and 191.365 to 191.380.

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