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  701.343.  Duties of the department. — The department of health and senior services shall have the following duties regarding the childhood lead testing program:

  (1)  By January 1, 2002, the department shall develop an educational mailing to be sent to every physician licensed by and practicing in this state informing such physician of the childhood lead testing program and the responsibilities of physicians pursuant to such program;

  (2)  The department of health and senior services shall, by January 1, 2002, develop guidelines, educational materials and a questionnaire to be used by physicians to determine whether pregnant women are at high risk and should be tested for lead poisoning;

  (3)  The department shall apply for, take all steps necessary to qualify for and accept any federal funds made available or allotted pursuant to any federal act or program for state lead poisoning prevention programs;

  (4)  The director of the department of health and senior services or the director's designee may, subject to appropriations, contract with a public agency or a university, or collaborate with any agencies, individuals or groups to provide necessary services, develop educational programs, scientific research and organization, and interpret data from lead testing reports;

  (5)  The department shall promulgate such rules as may be necessary; and

  (6)  Beginning January 1, 2003, and every January first thereafter, the department of health and senior services shall submit a report evaluating the childhood lead testing program as set forth in sections 701.340 to 701.349 to the governor and the following committees of the Missouri legislature: senate appropriations committee, senate public health and welfare committee, house appropriations - health and mental health committee and house public health committee.

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(L. 2001 S.B. 266)


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