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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Clinical and Environmental Stabilization for Clients with an FASD or Possible FASD, Continued

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Multidisciplinary Approach to Continuing Care

A single service system cannot address all the needs of individuals with an FASD.  An array of services may be needed from multiple systems, including:

  • Housing, which can be very difficult to find for adults with an FASD and may require assistance from State agencies on disabilities and housing
  • Vocational rehabilitation and related services, such as transportation and job coaches
  • Financial services, such as Supplemental Security Income and appointment of a financial guardian or representative payee
  • Medical care and related services, such as physical and occupational therapy
  • Substance abuse and mental health services, to address ongoing recovery issues and any co-occurring disorders
  • Education, including individualized education plan (IEP) coordination and school-based services related to recovery (e.g., counseling)
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Child welfare, for children and youth who are in foster care
  • Justice system, in cases where individuals have been ordered by a court to participate in a treatment program
  • Legal services

Other services may include life skills building, money management, and health education.

Service linkages are essential for effective substance abuse treatment and ongoing recovery for people with an FASD. Treatment providers need to identify the ancillary services available for their clients and know how to access those services. Some clients with an FASD may be in disability programs. Addiction professionals should be aware of the various approaches used by these programs and know how to collaborate with them. For example, addiction professionals should, within the confines of confidentiality restrictions and informed consent, share client information with other programs.

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