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Juneau, Alaska 99811-0620
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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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 fundedthrough 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.

 

Mission

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).

Alaska's FASD project is a comprehensive, integrated effort encompassing prevention of all fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), intervention targeted to high-risk women, screening and diagnosis of children at risk of FASD/ARBD and improved service delivery to families/individuals affected by FASD.

The overriding focus for this project is to be multidisciplinary, culturally appropriate, and community-based. The approach takes direct aim at systems development, integration and change in an effort to coordinate existing systems and processes that now operate separately; to integrate service delivery and information management systems to the greatest possible extent; and to set up structures that will be self-sustaining into the future.

 

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