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About Us

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence was launched in 2001. Congress authorized the FASD Center in Section 519D of the Children's Health Act of 2000 (Section b of 42 USC 290bb-25d PDF Icon or Public Law 106-310). The mission of the FASD Center for Excellence is to facilitate the development and improvement of behavioral health prevention and treatment systems in the United States by providing national leadership and facilitating collaboration and information sharing in the field.

While the scope of the FASD Center is currently reduced, it continues to be SAMHSA’s primary engine for FASD information dissemination and knowledge expansion. Specifically, the FASD Center continues to:

  • Provide a variety of informational resources for consumers and practitioners, including a toll-free information line (1-866-STOPFAS [786-7327]), this comprehensive Web site, a selection of educational tools, and a full product line;
  • Conduct ongoing literature reviews related to FASD, as these are vital for maintaining the online database, identifying trends and gaps in FASD information and research, and providing source material for future technical reports on emerging focus areas in the FASD field; and
  • Conduct outreach to selected public and private entities to encourage the inclusion of important and accurate FASD prevention and treatment information and/or services in critical new areas. Our Webinar series is a key part of our outreach and collaboration efforts (keep an eye on our Events Calendar and Announcements pages for news about upcoming Webinars).

To support these goals, the FASD Center introduced Ask the Expert in late 2013 and FASD in Review in late 2014. Ask the Expert is a series of interviews with researchers, providers, and individuals and families dealing with FASD, giving voice to unique perspectives about addressing and living with these disorders. Each FASD in Review article examines new research related to FASD, summarizing key developments and emerging issues for the field.

We encourage our readers to browse our Web site and check back regularly, and also check out the extensive resources of our FASD partners at the National Organization on FAS (NOFAS), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).