GENERAL INFORMATION

MISSISSIPPI

State Genetic Information

State Genetics Contact:

Beryl Polk
Mississippi Department of Health
2423 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Tel: 601-576-7619
bpolk@msdh.state.ms.us

Mississippi Department of Health
Genetics and Newborn Screening Region 3 Collaborative

Needs Assessment Planning

Mississippi Genetic Services Plan 2003

Clnical Genetic Services

Clinical genetics are medical services provided to individuals, families, and populations who have or are at risk for disorders with genetic implications. Services include testing, counseling, education, treatment, and where appropriate, referral for other services.

The Mississippi Department of Health offers genetics counseling and testing at no cost to Mississippi residents. You can go to any local health department to request genetics counseling.
Mississippi Department of Health District Health Offices
Genetic Counseling: Questions and Answers

GeneTests, is a publicly-funded, medical genetics information resource that has a searchable clinical directory for all states, type of service, and specialty clinic.
Gene Tests Homepage
GeneTests-Mississippi Clinical Directory

Legislation

Genetic legislation may be clearly expressed in public health statutes. It may also be embedded in other regulations, administrative rules, or other less obvious statutes, e.g. labor law. Identifying and interpreting state genetics legislation is not necessarily straightforward. An example of genetic-related legislation introduced in Mississippi in 2004, but not enacted, is:
House Bill 182 – An Act to Prohibit the Use of Genetic Testing for Discriminatory Purposes by Employers; and for Related Purposes.

Resources for genetic legislation include: