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Genevieve Casey, MSW
Project Coordinator
Phone 907-465-4984
Fax 907-465-1189
Toll Free 877-393-2287
Box 110620
Juneau, Alaska 99811

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

In 1998, with the establishment of the DHSS Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the State of Alaska began a renewed effort to address the devastating problem of prenatal exposure to alcohol and the resulting life-long birth defects. Following the 2003 reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is now integrated into the Division of Behavioral Health within the section of Prevention and Early Intervention Services.

The mission of the Office of FAS is to prevent all alcohol-related birth defects and to improve the delivery of services to those individuals already affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

To meet this mission four (4) primary goals have been established to address FASD across the state of Alaska:

1. Prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
2. Diagnose children as early as possible
3. Improve lifelong outcomes for individuals with FASD through improved services
4. Document our progress and evaluate program outcomes

In developing a comprehensive FASD project in Alaska our approach is community-driven with a focus on systems change and program improvement. We have placed a strong emphasis on the inclusion of families and caregivers as critical partners in our plan, as well as strong multidisciplinary partnerships with those many disciplines impacted by the effects of disabilities resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol.

Alaska’s comprehensive FAS activities are currently funded through a five-year grant from the DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, resulting from the efforts of Alaska’s U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.