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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence has developed a number of publications and multimedia products for community organizations and individuals interested in FASD. These products describe some of the Center’s initiatives, such as Town Hall meetings and our Women in Recovery Summits. Other products provide further information on FASD, guides for community-wide prevention activities, and reports on specific aspects of FASD.

Affordable Care Act
This section provides up to date information and additional resources on the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Its goals are to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of health care for individuals and the government. Implementation of the ACA presents an exceptional opportunity to extend health insurance and additional services, including FASD prevention, to additional female populations, especially to poor and near-poor female individuals who do not currently have health insurance.

Creating Hope for Women in Recovery: A Web Guide to Planning an FASD Summit PDF icon
This web guide provides step-by-step assistance to communities looking to address the issue of FASD with women in recovery. From the early planning stages through to post-summit follow-up, this Web Guide gives tips for setting goals, forming planning teams, logistics and site location, marketing, and evaluating outcomes. It also contains a list of Federal resources and State FASD programs, as well as sample agendas, letters, and press releases.

Proceedings from Past Hope for Women in Recovery Summits
Through its series of summits for women in recovery, the FASD Center for Excellence helped raise awareness of FASD among women in treatment. Many such women have children, some of whom also have an FASD. The proceedings for each summit are available here. These summaries not only recap events, but can be useful learning tools for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to raise awareness about the needs of women with FASD in treatment.

Partnership to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Public Education Program Manual
This manual provides guidance for establishing a community-wide FASD prevention and public education program through the development of community partnerships. Available in English and Spanish, the manual identifies methods to mobilize partnerships, plan programs, involve providers, disseminate materials, and conduct follow-up evaluations. It also provides research on four pilot communities that implemented this approach. Specific materials and resources that can be replicated are included.

Recovering Hope: Mothers Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (video)
This hour-long DVD presents eight women telling their own stories about how alcohol use in pregnancy affected their children, how they are learning effective new ways to parent, and how they are recovering hope for the future. Six researchers and clinicians support these stories by explaining the disabilities associated with FASD.

The booklets here provide tips for women, family and friends, and professionals on having an alcohol-free pregnancy. They can be used in rack displays in libraries, physicians' offices, drugstores, and other settings or distributed as handouts at workshops, PTA meetings, and other meetings.

Special Reports
Policy and legislation can be used to support healthy behaviors and to increase services that treat disabling conditions. The information here covers several policy-related issues and will be updated as new laws are passed.

Town Hall Reports
The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, in partnership with the FAS Family Resource Institute, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and the Alaska Office of FAS, convened Town Hall meetings to learn more about the issues and concerns of individuals with FASD, caregivers and families, professionals, and other interested individuals. At these meetings, a panel of representatives from the Federal Government, the FASD Center for Excellence, and State and regional public agencies received testimony.

Journal Articles
These scholarly articles explore several aspects of FASD including the juvenile justice system, issues regarding nondisclosure in the adoption of a child, and the cost of FASD.