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.

Contact Information:           

Nancy A. Turner, MA
FASD Program Coordinator                        
Phone: (860) 704-6138  
Email: nturner@abhct.com                                

Resources:

Fast_Facts_CT_K_I_D_Sept_2016.pdf

CT_SEI_5_Yr_Strategic_Plan_Mission_Nov_2016.pdf

Fetal_Alcohol_Spectrum_Disorders_Awareness_Day_2.pdf

SAMHSA IDTA:   https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/technical/idta.aspx

FASD/NAS:

National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW):        

Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302