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Janice Smiley, M.S.N., R.N.
State Perinatal Program
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1352
Montgomery, AL 36104
FASD State Resources
Alabama Department of Mental Health
100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Toll-free phone: 800-367-0955
Web site: www.mh.alabama.gov/
The Alabama Department of Mental Health is the State agency responsible for serving Alabama citizens who have mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse problems. The department can provide referrals to treatment services for pregnant and/or parenting women who have alcohol and/or drug abuse disorders.
This bill would clarify the term "child" to include an unborn child in utero at any stage of development regardless of viability.
This bill would establish venue for prosecution for exposure in utero in the county where the child is born. This bill would
create a rebuttable presumption of exposure in utero if both the mother and the child test positive for the same controlled
substance not prescribed by a physician.
2/7/12: Read for the first time and referred to the Senate Committee on Health.