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Alaska’s FASD Diagnostic Team Network. Presentation by L. Diane Casto Manager, Prevention & Early Intervention Services State of Alaska, DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health. Team Structure & Process.

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Alaska’s FASD Diagnostic Team Network

Presentation by

L. Diane Casto

Manager, Prevention & Early Intervention Services

State of Alaska, DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health


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Team Structure & Process

  • 12 community-based diagnostic teams across Alaska—1 specialty team at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute

  • All teams required to use the UW 4-digit diagnostic process

  • Teams trained at UW training program in Seattle

  • Team membership must include a trained Parent Navigator


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Team Structure & Process

  • All teams housed/developed within an established service delivery agency

  • Teams receiving state funding MUST complete and return data collection forms prior to payment

  • Teams funded primarily through Medicaid Reimbursement and State of Alaska Provider Agreements



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Alaska’s Diagnostic Team Challenges

  • Sustainability

    • Funding

    • Agency support

  • Team Member Turnover

  • Qualified & Available Team Members (lack of specialist in AK)

  • Ongoing Training


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Alaska’s Diagnostic Team Network Successes

  • Over 850 completed diagnoses since 2001

  • Quality data collected and analyzed for each completed diagnosis (UAA Evaluation Team)

  • Increased reporting to Alaska’s Birth Defects & FAS Registry

  • Monthly support/TA calls available for all team members

  • Established 4-digit Diagnostic Process training in Alaska (Southcentral Foundation)


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Alaska’s FASD Diagnostic Team Network

  • For information, copies of data reports, evaluations or Teamwork Manual contact:

    L. Diane Casto

    diane_casto@health.state.ak.us

    907/465-3033


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