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Frequently Asked Questions

Implementation of Laws on
Screening for Type 2 Diabetes

Q1. I have heard that our school district is now required to do Type 2 Diabetes screening, but we have not received notification, information, or training opportunities from the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Please explain.

A1. The initial Acanthosis Nigricans screening bill was signed into law during the 2001 legislative session.  This law involved screening in only Texas Education Agency’s Education Service Center (ESC) Regions:  1, 2, 3, 13, 15, 18, 19 & 20.   During the most recent legislative session, three ESC regions, 4, 10 and 11, were added.  Although this law appears as part of the Health and Safety Code, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was not assigned authority or responsibility for the screening program.

Q2. Where can I get a copy of the law?

A2. To read the law, please go to:  www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.95.htm#95.002.


Q3. Which individuals are to be screened for Type 2 Diabetes under this law?

A3. Students attending public and private schools in TEA Education Service Center Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19 and 20.

Q4. Who is responsible for implementing this law?

A4. The Border Health Office at the University of Texas - Pan American is identified in the legislation as being the responsible party, with the Executive Council that advises them being responsible for rule-making.   The University of Texas - Pan American is now known as the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley.  Visit the following websites for more information: 

Q5. What grade level of students are to be screened?

A5. The law does not specify grade levels, but does indicate that the screening be performed at the same time hearing and vision screening or spinal screening is performed.  Please see the response to the question above and contact the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, Border Health Office for more information pertaining to the appropriate ages and grade levels to screen.

Q6. What is DSHS’s role with implementation of this law?

A6.  The DSHS School Health Program staff continues to receive questions about this requirement, particularly in regard to certification, enforcement and age and grade levels of children who must be screened.  Because DSHS does not oversee this screening initiative, it would be inappropriate for the department to communicate directives regarding how this must be implemented.

Q7. Where do I go for more implementation information?

A7. Direct your inquiries to:

Border Health Office
The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
The University of Texas System
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999

Telephone: (956) 665-8900
Website: https://rfes.utrgv.edu/
Website: http://www.utrgv.edu/bho/
E-mail:  bho@utrgv.edu 

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Last updated May 25, 2018