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FASD State Coordinator (NAFSC Member)

Enid Watson, M.Div.
Massachusetts FASD State Coordinator
Institute for Health and Recovery
349 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-661-3991 ext. 110
Fax: 617-661-7277

FASD State Resources

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is the center of support for the MA FASD Initiatives, under the direction of two departments in MDPH: the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Family Health and Nutrition.

Massachusetts continues to support innovation and outreach on matters related to FASD. Over the past 10 years, Massachusetts has completed the following projects:

  • Designed and implemented FASD Risk Screening for Children in Early Intervention Programs.
    (Reference: Watson, E., Finkelstein, N., Gurewich, D. & Morse, B. (2011) The feasibility of screening for FASD risk in early intervention settings: a pilot study of systems change. Infants & Young Children, 24(2), 193-206.)
  • Screened adolescents for FASD Risk and adapted treatment approaches accordingly (Massachusetts Department of Youth Services).
  • Received numerous trainings on how FASD particularly affects foster/adopted children, and adaptive approaches to parents who might have an FASD (Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare).
  • Screened parents for FASD Risk and adapted treatment approaches accordingly, with appreciation to Dan Dubovsky for his technical assistance (Family Residential SUD Treatment Programs).
    (Reference: Grant, T. M., Brown, N. N., Dubovsky, D., Sparrow, J. & Reis, R. (2013). The impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on addiction treatment. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 7(2), 87-151.)
  • Support and promote the Parents of Children with an FASD Support/Advocacy Group.
  • Addressed stigma by bringing Birth Mothers of children with an FASD to MA conferences.

New or on-going programs include:

  • Thriving Massachusetts FASD Task Force comprised of state agency stakeholders and families of children with an FASD.
  • Collaboration with the MA School of Professional Psychology/Brenner Center to co-sponsor the FIRST FASD diagnostic conference in Massachusetts: Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (now in the DSM-5), June 17, 2014.
  • Support for a statewide FASD State Coordinator who receives inquiries from families affected by FASDs for support and resources and is the designated person in the state that coordinates FASD activities.
  • Active engagement in SBIRT initiatives in primary care, schools, clergy settings, batterer intervention programs, including the development of an SBIRT Toolkit for Women of Childbearing Age in collaboration with the national and state ACOG chapters. An electronic campaign to OB/GYNs is currently under development with MDPH and the state ACOG chapter.
    (Reference: Kennedy, C., Finkelstein, N., Hutchins, E., & Mahoney, J. (2004). Improving screening for alcohol use during pregnancy. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 8(3), 137–147.)

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