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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 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 website, 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 website 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).