Facility Certification Requirements

Revised newborn hearing screening rules, Chapter 37 of the Texas Administrative Code §§37.501 through 37.507 (PDF), were published in the Texas Register on May 8, 2015. The rules incorporate legislative revisions from House Bill 411 and Senate Bill 229 (82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011) and Senate Bill 793 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013) which amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 47, Hearing Loss in Newborns.

Baby sleeping during her hearing screening.The revisions reflect changes in definitions; changes in roles and responsibilities; clarification of requirements for birthing facilities; and changes to reporting by healthcare providers, including performance, tracking and documentation, and intervention requirements. The revisions also clarified and restructured sections to improve readability and user-friendliness. The revised rules were effective May 14, 2015 and the newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification (PDF) were effective June 30, 2015.

Contact Doug Dittfurth, TEHDI coordinator, with questions about birth facility certification requirements email at doug.dittfurth@dshs.texas.gov or by phone at 1-800-252-8023, extension 7726 or direct at 512-776-7726. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.)

Distinguished Facilities - July 2017 Cycle

The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) program recognizes more than 170 facilities that earned distinguished status as of the July 2017 certification cycle. The certification of a program on a periodic basis helps to ensure quality services to newborns, infants, and families. 

TEHDI certifies those facilities with newborn hearing screening programs in accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Safety Code certification criteria as well as best practices protocols. View the newborn hearing screening program protocols and certification (PDF).

Twice per year in January and July, TEHDI reviews newborn hearing screening programs that are due a recertification. Currently, more than 240 facilities are eligible for certification in Texas. Eight data metric standards measuring their performance against national standards and state performance averages are used to determine certification outcomes. 

There are four levels of certification: Preliminary (a new program), Provisional, Standard and Distinguished. View the list of facilities with distinguished certification (PDF) as of the July 2017 cycle.

For more information about TEHDI and its newborn hearing screening certification process, email tehdi@dshs.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-8023, ext. 7726. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.)

Last updated September 28, 2017