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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Continuing Care Services for Clients with Children with an FASD or Possible FASD, Continued

Ongoing Case Management

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The addiction professional can assist clients with children with an FASD by arranging for case management. FASD is a permanent condition, so children with an FASD will need long-term services, such as special education. In addition, assistance may be available through entitlement programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. To be eligible, a child must meet both income and disability criteria. Most children who meet SSI eligibility criteria are also eligible for Medicaid. Developmental disabilities services may be available, depending on how the State defines "developmental disability". Some of the parents’ income and assets may be counted as the child’s. This may occur if the child is under age 18, is unmarried, and lives at home.

Services that may be needed include:

Case management can be coordinated with other agencies who already implement this type of service. Addiction professionals can work with clients to help them access these services for their children. They can also assist clients with children with an FASD in finding respite care. Respite can give women a break from the daily stress of parenting a child with an FASD and can be an important factor in ongoing recovery.

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