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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence has developed a number of publications
and multimedia products for community organizations and individuals interested in
FASD. These products describe some of the Center’s initiatives, such as Town Hall
meetings and our Women in Recovery Summits. Other products provide further information
on FASD, guides for community-wide prevention activities, and reports on specific
aspects of FASD.
Affordable Care Act
This section provides up to date information and additional resources on the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is a United States federal statute signed into law by President
Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Its goals are to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private
insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of health care for individuals and the government. Implementation of the ACA presents an exceptional opportunity to extend
health insurance and additional services, including FASD prevention, to additional female populations, especially to poor and near-poor female individuals who do not
currently have health insurance.
Creating Hope for Women in Recovery: A Web Guide to Planning an FASD Summit
This web guide provides step-by-step assistance to communities looking to address
the issue of FASD with women in recovery. From the early planning stages through
to post-summit follow-up, this Web Guide gives tips for setting goals, forming planning
teams, logistics and site location, marketing, and evaluating outcomes. It also
contains a list of Federal resources and State FASD programs, as well as sample
agendas, letters, and press releases.
Proceedings from Past Hope for Women in Recovery Summits
Through its series of summits for women in recovery, the FASD Center for Excellence
helped raise awareness of FASD among women in treatment. Many such women have children,
some of whom also have an FASD. The proceedings for each summit are available here.
These summaries not only recap events, but can be useful learning tools for individuals,
groups, and organizations looking to raise awareness about the needs of women with
FASD in treatment.
Partnership to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Public Education Program
This manual provides guidance for establishing a community-wide FASD
prevention and public education program through the development of community partnerships.
Available in English and Spanish, the manual identifies methods to mobilize partnerships,
plan programs, involve providers, disseminate materials, and conduct follow-up evaluations.
It also provides research on four pilot communities that implemented this approach.
Specific materials and resources that can be replicated are included.
Recovering Hope: Mothers
Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (video)
This hour-long DVD presents eight women telling their own stories about how alcohol
use in pregnancy affected their children, how they are learning effective new ways
to parent, and how they are recovering hope for the future. Six researchers and
clinicians support these stories by explaining the disabilities associated with
The booklets here provide tips for women, family and friends, and professionals
on having an alcohol-free pregnancy. They can be used in rack displays in libraries,
physicians' offices, drugstores, and other settings or distributed as handouts at
workshops, PTA meetings, and other meetings.
Policy and legislation can be used to support healthy behaviors and to increase services that treat disabling conditions. The information here covers several policy-related issues and will be updated as new laws are passed.
Town Hall Reports
The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, in partnership with the FAS Family Resource
Institute, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and the
Alaska Office of FAS, convened Town Hall meetings to learn more about the issues
and concerns of individuals with FASD, caregivers and families, professionals, and
other interested individuals. At these meetings, a panel of representatives from
the Federal Government, the FASD Center for Excellence, and State and regional public
agencies received testimony.
These scholarly articles explore several aspects of FASD including the juvenile justice system, issues regarding nondisclosure in the adoption of a child, and the cost of FASD.