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GENETICS PROGRAM

Provides education, referrals, follow-up, and advocacy to families in Will and Grundy Counties whose infants had abnormal newborn screenings.

About the Genetics Program

The purpose of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Genetics Program is to provide access to appropriate genetic services for any family with concerns about an inherited condition, and to increase awareness of services provided by the program among health care providers and consumers.

Genetic Services

Genetic services are available to families or persons of any age residing in Illinois, who may have a family history of, or concern about a medical condition with a genetic basis.

Genetic Program Referrals

Referrals can be made by physicians, other health care providers, schools, self referrals, or other means. Since 1985, the Genetics Program has been able to develop a regionalized genetic network to serve the citizens of Illinois through genetic grants to major medical centers and local public health departments.

Program Eligibility

Families are referred from both the Illinois Department of Public Health and from the WIC program. This is a voluntary program. There is no fee – only an assessment.