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Competency 6: Legal Issues

Legal Issues Related to Women Who Drink During Pregnancy, Continued

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Territorial and Tribal Laws

At this time, none of the U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) have laws related to alcohol use during pregnancy. Tribal laws vary, but the Indian Child Welfare Act Exit Disclaimer Graphic requires the Indian Health Service to make residential treatment available for pregnant women with alcohol problems. In addition, the definition of “health promotion” in the Act includes FASD prevention. The Act also allows the Indian Health Service to make grants to tribes and tribal organizations for various FASD prevention efforts, including alcohol treatment for high-risk women. It also has provisions related to educating Native women about FASD.

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