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  1. SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence Building FASD State Systems May 10, 2006 Callie Gass, Project Director

  2. Provide technical assistance to communities who do not have a comprehensive system of care for such individuals and their families. Identify communities that offer an exemplary comprehensive system of care for such individuals so that they can provide technical assistance to other communities attempting to set up such a system of care.

  3. Providing Technical Assistance Several sources for technical assistance • Information resource center • Expert consultation • Customized research • Targeted technical assistance, including site visits, from senior staff • Mentoring relationships

  4. The Center continues to mentor and provide support to States embarking on FASD initiatives Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership convened a meeting in Philadelphia to initiate its planning Connecticut working group addressing need for a State-level response Nevada convened two Town Halls in Reno and in Las Vegas with support and TA from the Center Utah convened a Statewide planning summit Supporting State Responses

  5. Working together… • Virginia State Task Force convened in Richmond and heard presentations from the Center • District of Columbia has designated a State Coordinator • Representatives from Savannah, Georgia, have been consulting with the Center

  6. Creating FASD Responses in Native Communities • Convened quarterly stakeholder meetings • Organized a special trainer session for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian trainers • Provided technical assistance and training to tribes including: Crow Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Navajo Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Dakota Sioux Yaqui

  7. First Institute for American Indian Professionals San Diego, June 2006

  8. Resource Kit for Native Communities • Updates the IHS Toolkit • Includes posters, templates for print materials, and culturally competent brochures and booklets • Designed to be distributed through NCADI

  9. Building Capacity: Field Trainers • Provided booster session for 71 field trainers in December 2005 • Since September 2005, field trainers have provided 20 trainings for 874 participants • Provided TA in Nevada and California

  10. Building Capacity: Subcontracts • Subcontractors attended Alaska Summit • 16 subcontractors trained on FASD screening using facial screen and paper records • Several sites have received training on interventions from experts • Technical assistance provided on organizing and planning from specialists

  11. Building Capacity: Subcontracts • Arc Community Center (WI) participated in the Statewide Women’s AODA Treatment Project • Bucks County (PA) helped initiate the Pennsylvania workgroup • Capital Area Human Services District (LA) participated in the LA State Epidemiology Workgroup • Ohio, Mississippi, and others have held or are planning Statewide conferences

  12. Building Capacity: Expanding Diagnostic Capacity • Supporting the development or expansion of two FASD diagnostic centers • Increasing diagnostic capacity to support juvenile courts and others • One court developed inhouse capacity to conduct FASD diagnostic evaluations • Sharing experience through articles and presentations Diagnostic capacity and consistency remain a challenge to the field

  13. Provide training to community leaders, mental health and substance abuse professionals, families, law enforcement personnel, judges, health professionals, persons working in financial assistance programs, social service personnel, child welfare professionals, and other service providers on the implications of fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol-related birth defects, the early identification of, and referral for such conditions

  14. Training • September 2005 through March 2006 • 87 trainings • 4,054 participants • 27 States, including DC

  15. Providing Information: Web site • Launched an improved, updated Center Web site • Launched the Spanish language companion site http://fascenter.samhsa.gov/fasdsp/index.cfm

  16. Web Trends

  17. Becoming a Respected Source • The number of Web sites linking to us increases steadily • In September, 13; in October, 23 • Includes universities, state and local government, and foreign health departments • Web site received a 5-star rating from the Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide

  18. Providing Information: New Materials Grab and Go • WYNTK: FASD and the Criminal Justice System • WYNTK: How FASD Co-Occurs with Mental Illness • WYNTK: Independent Living for Persons with FASD • FASD – The Basics Online and mini-CD • FASD Center Brochure

  19. More…. Reports and Proceedings • Building FASD State Systems: Proceedings, July 2005 • Circle of Hope: Meeting Proceedings, July 2005 • FASD Legislation by State (October 2005) • Hope for Women in Recovery Summit: Proceedings, July 2005 • Review of Instructional Materials on FASD

  20. The Center’s Best Sellers NCADI Distribution

  21. FASD the Basics

  22. Introducing Tools for Success • A new curriculum for training professionals in the juvenile justice system • Developed in partnership with MOFAS • 8 trainer teams trained this April • Previewed on Tuesday night

  23. FASD – The Course • Interactive online course for professionals, policy makers, parents, and families • Peer reviewed, usability tested, 508 compliant

  24. Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP) • Two level curriculum • Targeted to anyone working in Substance Abuse • Addresses FASD in the context of treatment • Basics of FASD • FASD prevention in treatment • Working with clients with an FASD • Working with clients with children with FASDs

  25. Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP) • Level 1 – Interactive, online course with test yourself options • Level 2 – Train-the-trainer model with hands-on exercises and scenarios

  26. Resources for Families • Can I Catch It? My Sibling Has an FASD

  27. Resources for Families What Do I Do? Helping Your Kids Understand Their Sibling’s FASD

  28. Study adaptations of innovative clinical interventions and service delivery improvement strategies for children and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD) and their families Develop innovative techniques for preventing alcohol use by women in their child-bearing years

  29. Prevention: Women Reaching Women • Completed the third and final pilot of the Women’s Summits – Raleigh, NC • Each summit has triggered policy initiatives in its state • How-to manual is in draft form and about to be submitted to SAMHSA

  30. Prevention: Women Reaching Women • Supported Circle of Hope, a NOFAS organized effort for women to support women • Convened the first meeting of the Circle of Hope in conjunction with the Raleigh Women’s Summit

  31. Prevention: Reaching Women to Prevent Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies • Alcohol screening and intervention integrated into maternity, family planning, WIC, home visitation, and other programs • Contraception assessment and intervention integrated into alcohol treatment for women and programs for women of childbearing age • Four Parent-Child Assistance Programs

  32. Identifying and Treating Youth with an FASD • FASD screening and intervention integrated into juvenile and dependency courts, juvenile justice and other settings • FASD residential treatment developed that is showing significant improvements in youth • FASD interventions and modification of existing treatments are being developed