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State Genetics Coordinator:

Shelley Nottingham, MSW, LISW
Genetics Program, 2nd floor
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43216-1603
(614) 728-4677

Needs Assessment/Planning:

Ohio Genetics Plan: contact Shelley Nottingham, Genetics Program/Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps/Ohio Department of Health,
Clinical 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 Ohio Department of Health (ODH)-Regional Comprehensive Genetic Centers

The goals of the ODH Regional Comprehensive Genetics Centers (RCGC) Program are to assure that:

1.      Children and adults with or at risk for birth defects or genetic disorders, and their families, receive quality, comprehensive genetics services that are available, accessible and culturally sensitive, and

2.      The general public and professionals/providers are aware and knowledgeable about birth defects, genetic conditions and genetic disease related services in Ohio. 

To accomplish the above goals, the ODH funds a regional network of eight genetic centers and 22 outreach clinics that provides comprehensive care and services to people affected with, or at risk for genetic-related disorders.  Persons in Ohio who would like genetic counseling, or other genetic treatment services, may contact one of the regional centers, or may be referred by their primary care physician.

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

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. Examples of genetic-related legislation in Ohio are:

Click on the following:

Title XXXV11. Health. Chapter 3701. Department of Health. Section 3701.502 of the Ohio Revised Code (authorizing legislation for the ODH Genetics Program at the Ohio Department of Health). 

Title XVII. Corporations and Partnerships. Chapter 1751. Health Insuring Corporation Law. 1751.65 Prohibitions upon repeal of RC 1751.64 (Related to Nondiscrimination in Genetic Testing and Health Insurance)

Title XXXIX. Insurance. Chapter 3901.Superintendent of Insurance. 3901.491 Genetic Screening or Testing Restrictions.

Resources for genetic legislation include:

State genetics coordinator

Click here for: Ohio General Assembly Online

Click here for: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Genetics Laws and Legislative Activity.  Select a topic of interest for legislation in each state (where available).


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