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Texas

FASD State Coordinator (NAFSC Member)

Janet Sharkis, M.S., LPC
Executive Director
Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
909 W. 45th Street (78751)
P.O. Box 12668
Austin, TX 78711-2668
Phone: 512-206-5869
Fax: 512-206-5211
E-mail: janet.sharkis@hhsc.state.tx.us

FASD State Task Force

Task Force Co-Chair
Mary Tijerina, Ph.D.
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: mary.tijerina@txstate.edu

Task Force Co-Chair
Helen Dale Simons
Phone: 512-206-4544
E-mail: helendalecoe@gmail.com

FASD State Plan

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Legislative Information:

Bill Number Category Introduced Description Status

HB1243 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

Criminalization

2011

Relating to the creation of the criminal offense of ingesting a controlled substance while pregnant or introducing a controlled substance into the body of a person who is pregnant and the consequences of the commission of that offense in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

Left pending in committee 03/22/2011

HB1426 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

Prevention

2009

AN ACT relating to the establishment of a pilot program in certain counties to require health and human services providers to provide screening to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Referred to Public Health 03/02/2009

SB909 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

HB2053 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

Prevention

2007

Subchapter B, Chapter 501, Government Code, is amended by adding Sections 501.059 and 501.064 to read as follows: Sec.501.059. Screening for and education concerning fetal alcohol exposure during pregnancy. (a) The department shall establish a screening program to identify female inmates who are:(1) between the ages of 18 and 44; (2) sentenced to a term of confinement not to exceed two years; and (3)at risk for having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications, including giving birth to a child with alcohol-related birth defects. (b) The screening program established under Subsection (a) must:

(1) evaluate the family planning practices of each

female inmate described by Subsection (a) in relation to the inmate ’s consumption of alcohol and risk of having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications; (2) include an objective screening tool to be used by department employees administering the screening program; and

(3) occur during the diagnostic process or at another

time determined by the department. (c) The department shall provide: (1) a brief substance abuse intervention to all female inmates identified by the screening program as being at risk for having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications; and (2) an educational brochure describing the risks and dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy to all female inmates...Subchapter B, Chapter 507, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 507.028 to read as follows: Sec.A507.028. Screening for and education concerning fetal alcohol exposure during pregnancy. (a) The department shall establish and use a screening program in state jail felony facilities that is substantially similar to the program established and used by the department under Section 501.059. (b)The department shall provide to all female defendants confined in state jail felony facilities an educational brochure describing the risks and dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

Signed by the Governor and effective immediately 06/15/2007

HB1455 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

Prevention

2007

Relating to the establishment of a pilot program in certain counties to require health and human services providers to provide screening to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Left pending in committee 03/21/2007

SB904 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

HB2425 Exit Disclaimer Graphic PDF icon

Prevention

2007

SECTIONA16.Subchapter A, Chapter 11, Alcoholic Beverage Code, is amended by adding Section 11.042 to read as follows: Sec.A11.042. Health risks warning sign. (a) The commission by rule shall require the holder of a permit authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption to display a warning sign on the door to each restroom on the permitted premises that informs the public of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. (b)The commission ’s rules shall specify the language of the warning and the size and graphic design of the sign, including font size and type.

Signed by the Governor 05/11/2007

Effective 09/01/2007