NOFAS Action Alert – End of Funding for SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence
ACTION ALERT - Requested Action: By March 31, 2016, FASD advocates are advised to contact both SAMHSA and the Center for Excellence. Doing so will encourage continuing attention to the issue at the agency and could help justify the allocation of future resources.
How to contact SAMHSA and the FASD Center for Excellence:
1) E-mail your comment to both, Jon Dunbar Cooper [SAMHSA Program Officer for the FASD Center for Excellence] and the FASD Center for Excellence
2) Ask your colleagues and friends, and also—if applicable—your organization’s members to also send an email to SAMHSA and the Center
3) Send email messages as soon as possible and no later than March 31, 2016.
Content of Email: The following content in your own words should be included in your message:
1) A personal introduction that includes a comment or vignette illustrating why FASD is important to you (also indicate the state where you live)
2) A statement thanking SAMHSA for the Center’s vital contributions to both prevention and support for individuals living with an FASD
3) From your direct experience or the Center for Excellence website, acknowledge one or more of the Center’s products, resources, or services that are meaningful to you and are invaluable to the FASD field
4) A statement that SAMHSA’s involvement in the federal response to FASD is critical and that you urge SAMHSA to allocate any available resources to FASD and remain committed to the issue
5) Acknowledgment that you plan to contact your congressional delegation urging support for FASD at SAMHSA.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Criminal Justice/Emergency Management & Victim Services Branch
Announces the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the American Indian Child Abuse Treatment (NA) Program and the one-time American Indian Child Abuse Treatment (XA) Program for 2015-2016.The purpose of the NA & XA Program is to provide child abuse treatment services to American Indian child victims of crime in California. The NA & XA Programs are supported with Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program funds. Approximately $375,000 is available for the NA Program for 2015-2016 for a grant period beginning April 1, 2016, and ending March 31, 2017. Approximately $1.2 million is available for the XA Program for 2015-2016 for a grant period beginning April 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2018. The top-ranked eligible proposals will be funded through the NA Program. The next highest ranked proposals will be funded through the XA Program. All applicants must apply for the NA Program and budget for one, 12-month grant period. Applicants selected for funding through the XA Program will be required to revise their budgets to reflect one, 24-month grant period.
To receive funding through the NA or XA Programs, the application package must be received or postmarked by March 15, 2016.
All questions regarding this RFB must be submitted in writing to ClaireWimbley-Brown, Childrens Unit Program Specialist,via e-mail at Claire.wimbley-Brown@caloes.ca.gov. To view the RFP at the CalOES website go to: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/grants-management/search-for-grants.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report on FASDs was released online in the November 2015 issue of Pediatrics (attached).
Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a new study released in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Excessive drinking cost the United States $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs were due to reduced workplace productivity, crime, and the cost of treating people for health problems caused by excessive drinking. To view the press release click here.
The new Data & Statistics page includes four new maps with state-by-state data for 2013 from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age (within the last 30 days of the time of the interview).
For more information visit the recently updated CDC's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day.
In honor of FASD Awareness Day and to continue raising awareness about alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs, we have a feature on the CDC home page– Living with FASDs: In Taylor’s Own Words. The direct link to the feature, where it will remain accessible after it is gone from CDC’s home page, is www.cdc.gov/features/fasd-taylors-story/.
Also, check back for a Spanish version of the feature that will be available soon atwww.cdc.gov/spanish/especialesCDC/.
NOFAS has big plans for 9/9. An “Ask the Expert” Interview with Kathy Mitchell
September 9, 2015 will mark the 16th annual celebration of International FASD Awareness Day. For this occasion, we conduct an interview with Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, M.H.S., LCADC, Vice President and International Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and a leading speaker and advocate on FASD and women and addictions.
For our October 2014 Ask the Expert, Ms. Mitchell provided her perspective on being the birth mother of a child with an FASD, and on her extensive work to increase awareness of FASD and women’s treatment issues. This month she discusses NOFAS’ recently announced initiative to expand FASD Awareness Day to a full FASD Awareness Month. NOFAS is committed to the idea that the public health issue of FASD needs more than a single day for proper recognition.
To read our interview with Ms. Mitchell, click here.
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
What is the best questionnaire to screen for alcohol use disorder in an office practice?
A variety of questionnaires can be used. The important thing is to be proactive about screening for this very common yet under recognized problem.
To read the article click here.
The National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs (NCNALSP) is happy to announce that the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which reauthorizes elementary and secondary education programs for the next five years. To see the announcement click here.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC funds the Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (CBDRP). This collaborative group of research centers aims to increase what we know about birth defects through tracking, research, and partnerships.
CDC Activities on Medication Use in Pregnancy: Treating for Two. This research is part of CDC’s Treating for Two: Safer Medication Use in Pregnancy initiative.
Do you have questions about how medications you are taking may affect a pregnancy? MotherToBaby.org can help you find the answers.
The following appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) section on “News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” March 24/31, 2015. The summary is based on the January 30 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Among Children Aged 7-9 Years – Arizona, Colorado, and New York, 2010, which described findings on prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in three sites through the CDC-funded Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Network II. To View the summary click here.
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
A web page as part of ACNM’s “Our Moment of Truth” pages – this resource has information that can be shared with patients, including risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, a chart showing when birth defects are most likely to occur during pregnancy, and tips on how to avoid alcohol use. http://www.midwife.org/Alcohol-and-Pregnancy
A “Share With Women” fact sheet published in ACNM’s Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health* – this fact sheet is available in English and Spanish (both are also attached as PDFs). They are free access to download and are intended to be provided to patients.
What Do You Know About Midwifery and Midwives? Click here to watch ACNM’s new video
Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FREE MATERIALS: Brochures, Posters, Fact Sheets, and Training Guides. You can order via the online ordering system http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/freematerials.html (click on “Go to Order Form”)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Expanding the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
To view the publication click here.
On behalf of MotherToBaby, their June blog on asthma, allergies, and pregnancy by Mara Gaudette, MS, CGC, genetic counselor. To view the blog click here.
SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is pleased to announce that Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is now available for download from the SAMHSA Store.
The first TIP to deal directly with the topic of FASD, TIP 58 provides best-practice guidelines for preventing and addressing FASD in behavioral health settings.
The publication of TIP 58 provides a valuable new resource to the field of FASD. We encourage everyone to download the TIP and share it with providers, and also with individuals and families impacted by these disorders.
We also invite you to read our new Ask the Expert column, featuring an interview with Dr. Sterling K. Clarren, co-chair of TIP 58. And keep an eye on our Web site for announcements about forthcoming Webinars about the TIP and how it can be used to expand FASD-related services in a variety of settings.