Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program
The FASD Program Coordinator is a position jointly funded by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DHMAS). The overarching goal of the Program is to strengthen collaboration and coordination across healthcare communities, child welfare, addiction treatment and recovery services, child care and education systems, and courts and corrections to improve outcomes for substance exposed infants, children and their families.
Primary partners serving on the project’s Core Team include representatives from: DCF, DMHAS, DOC, DPH, DSS, DOE, Office of Early Childhood, Office of the Child Advocate, University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Hartford Healthcare, the Connecticut Judicial Branch, CT chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, and Advanced Behavioral Health (ABH®).
FASD Program Goals:
- Collaborate with DCF, DHMAS and key systems stakeholders to assess the state’s resources and capacity to effectively address the service and support needs of pregnant women using alcohol, drugs or medications (specifically opiates or narcotics) and substance exposed infants, children and their families
- Develop tools to support education, prevention, and training efforts for professionals and communities statewide on FASD and broader issues of substance exposed infants
- Support the implementation of a strategic plan to address substance exposed infants, children and their families that: builds capacity and readiness to respond to FASD; designs needed protocol for screening and treatment of newborns, children and youth for substance exposure, promotes early intervention through awareness campaigns; reaches into underserved populations and communities to raise awareness of available services and supports.
Nancy A. Turner, MA
FASD Program Coordinator
Phone: (860) 704-6138
SAMHSA IDTA: https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/technical/idta.aspx
- American Academy of Pediatrics Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Toolkit
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit was developed to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely interventions.
- National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) Webinar Series
NOFAS sponsors one hour, free webinars on the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern.
- Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #193
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellance
National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW):