Fact sheet on Supporting Women with FASD in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

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:

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