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FASD Center for Excellence (CFE) Native Initiative

The FASD CFE Native Initiative promotes prevention of alcohol-related birth defects in Indian country.

The effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. Individuals with these disorders often encounter life problems such as homelessness, substance use disorders, mental illness, unemployment, and involvement with the criminal justice system.

American Indian and Alaska Native communities are known for their understanding of healing, wellness, and the cycles of nature. The FASD CFE Native Initiative works with these strengths and the strengths of community elders to bring Native people messages about FASD that are culturally respectful and meaningful.

The FASD CFE is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and was established to prevent and address FASD.

Information Resources

The FASD CFE works across multiple disciplines to educate and train policymakers and providers, caregivers and communities, and individuals and families on how to help prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancy and improve the lives of individuals affected by FASD.

The FASD CFE:

  • Offers access to leading-edge information on FASD through its Information Resource Center (IRC) and website. Resource materials range from scientific studies and scholarly articles to books and DVDs by or about individuals and families affected by FASD. On its website, the FASD CFE offers downloadable pamphlets and brochures, and access to an online database. If the desired information cannot be located, users can contact the IRC Information Specialist, available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, by email, or via their toll-free phone line, 1-866-STOPFAS (1-866-786-7327).
  • Provides training and technical assistance onsite and by teleconference to agencies, communities, states, and tribal entities to help build their capacity to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies, and readily recognize and appropriately serve individuals with FASD and their families. Request training and technical assistance, access educational materials, or take online courses at the FASD CFE website. Some online training is eligible for continuing education credits.
  • Aggregates a database that contains more than 13,000 resource materials and adds 20 to 30 new articles each month. Searchable and sortable by a variety of publication types and subject-matter areas, the database is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The FASD CFE receives and assists with inquiries from professionals and interested individuals from around the world. Explore the database.

Prevention Resources

The FASD CFE has demonstrated that screening and brief interventions for women at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy can be integrated in a range of settings, including community and tribal health services, and national programs such as Healthy Start and the Department of Agriculture’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) initiative.

National, State, and Grassroots Resources

Since 2001, the FASD CFE has been a catalyst and organizer of human resources that work independently and collaboratively to address FASD issues, including:

  • Building FASD State Systems: A group that shares information on the progress made and lessons learned by U.S. states and territories as they create and enhance comprehensive systems of care for prevention and treatment of FASD
  • National Association of FASD State Coordinators: State-designated representatives who collaborate on FASD issues
  • Birth Mothers Network: A national network that provides peer support to women and families who are raising a child or children with an FASD
  • Self Advocates with FASD in Action: A national network for young adults with an FASD dedicated to building and supporting a strong network of self-advocates

Get more information about these groups.

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Contact information

For more information about the FASD CFE, please contact:

Jon Dunbar-Cooper
Government Project Officer
CSAP, Division of Systems Development
1 Choke Cherry Road
4th Floor, Room 4-1020
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-2573
jdunbar@Samhsa.hhs.gov

Callie B. Gass
FASD CFE Project Director
2101 Gaither Road
Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
301-527-6509
Callie.Gass@ngc.com

Last Updated: 05/27/2014