As a State program, California Prenatal Screening Program (PNS) is required to comply with Assembly Bill 959, effective July 1, 2018. AB 959 says that all State programs offering services to residents within California must collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of standard demographic data collection. The Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) card included as part of the PNS test requisition form, collects information from patients accessing PNS services. The information collected on SOGI cards is not identifiable and will not be associated with prenatal screening dates.
Instructions: All patients who choose prenatal screening services are given a test requisition form for blood collection.
- Clinician tears off the SOGI card from the TRF and hand it to the patient. The card must be removed in order to access the TRF form.
- Do not write or apply any patient information on the card, such as name, address or other identifiable information.
- The patient is informed to complete the postage-paid card and drop it off in any USPS mailbox.
- Cards should only be submitted once per pregnancy. (Patients with first and second trimester integrated results should only send one card despite receiving 2 SOGI cards in their pregnancy.
Participation is voluntary and does not affect prenatal screening service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the PNS program doing this?
As a state program, PNS must comply with State laws regarding collection of demographic patient data. AB 959 went into effect July 1, 2018 and the SOGI card is in response to a Stare mandate for collection of this information from patients accessing State services.
Can the clinician fill out the card for the patient if they know or can assume how they identify?
No, this card is expected to collect self-identifying information.
Should only homosexual or transgender people fill out the SOGI card?
No, this card is intended to collect data for all residents within California regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. ALL patients are encouraged to complete and submit the form.
Do all clinicians need to ask their patients to fill out the card even when they don't feel comfortable talking about the subjects?
The clinicians are not responsible for collecting the information. All they need to do is give the card to their patients and explain it is voluntary. There are instructions for patients on the card on how to complete it.
How do I get more guidance or information on how to fill out this form?
Please email the Prenatal Screening Program at: PNS@cdph.ca.gov.