New series of fact sheets from SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence in the United States has recently developed a series of “Technical Assistance Impact” fact sheets designed to support organizations in preventing and addressing FASD.
The Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) In Women’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Fact Sheet provides information for women’s residential substance abuse treatment centres seeking to expand their capacity to address FASD, and describes the value of these services for systems, clients, and their families.
The fact sheet discusses how women with FASD are a group that are often under-looked in substance abuse treatment settings and that they are often at-risk of having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. The sheet provides some suggestions on how treatment can be modified to address women’s needs as well as the benefits of having an ‘FASD-informed’ lens in these treatment settings.
For more on ways of working with women with FASD, see earlier posts:
- Supporting Women with FASD who are Pregnant or Parenting (January 17, 2012)
- Women with FASD, Substance Use, and FASD Prevention (March 7, 2011)