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National Association of FASD State Coordinators

In 2003, the FASD Center for Excellence helped establish the National Association of FASD State Coordinators (NAFSC) to support state-based FASD efforts. NAFSC's mission is to promote prevention, treatment, and care systems for FASD in the United States through collaboration with systems within respective states and among member states. The group seeks to:

  • Provide mentorship and support to individuals involved in state FASD efforts.
  • Provide information and resources.
  • Identify and share models for FASD prevention and treatment.
  • Establish and maintain a national identity for FASD.
  • Advocate for all states to have a designated FASD Coordinator.
  • Provide education to families, providers, researchers, and policymakers on FASD.
  • Establish partnerships on a national and grassroots level.

Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have officially designated FASD Coordinators. To see if your state has a coordinator you can check the official roster for NAFSC PDF Icon.

Benefits of Participation in NAFSC

Having an FASD State Coordinator provides:

  • A dedicated position to lead and focus FASD efforts.
  • A single point-of-contact to work with families and professionals on FASD issues.
  • A representative in the state to address issues related to FASD, present on FASD at conferences, implement statewide projects, and lead general awareness-raising activities.

Participating in NAFSC provides:

  • Opportunities to share knowledge, research, expertise, experiences, and resources on FASD.
  • Opportunities to obtain feedback on training materials and prevention and treatment strategies.
  • Information on how state FASD programs are funded, conducted, maintained, and can be replicated.
  • Creative strategies for identifying funding resources, obtaining legislation to promote FASD awareness, and identifying opportunities for service delivery system enhancements.
  • Mentoring support from a network of peers facing similar challenges.
  • Contact information of individuals as potential consultants and advocates for implementing policy.
  • Validation of work to state governments along with fresh ideas to enhance work.

Recent State Activities

At each NAFSC teleconference or meeting, members provide updates of prevention, intervention, and legislative activities related to FASD in their states.

State activities can be reviewed here.

NAFSC Subcommittees and Special Projects

Since 2008, current and past FASD State Coordinators have contributed their time and skills to special projects by the work of subcommittees.

Some notable accomplishments of subcommittees are summarized herePDF Icon

Process for Nominating an FASD State Coordinator

To nominate a new FASD State Coordinator for membership in the NAFSC, please provide a letter to the NAFSC chair with the following information:

  • The statewide Task Force (if applicable).
  • The particular division, agency, and department and job responsibilities as they relate to FASD.
  • Importance of having the individual designated in this role (e.g., benefits to the state).
  • Contact information for the designated individual.

Sample Letter  PDF Icon for nominating an FASD State Coordinator.

Overview of how State Coordinators' positions were established  PDF Icon

Contact Information for NAFSC Chair and Vice Chair

Jerome Romero (NAFSC Chair)
Director, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Program
University of New Mexico
2650 Yale Boulevard, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-925-2302
Fax: 505-925-2313
E-mail: aggie@unm.edu

Margo Singer, MPA (NAFSC Vice Chair)
FASD State Coordinator
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: 518-457-4384
Fax: 518-485-9480
E-mail: margosinger@oasas.ny.gov