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Volume 5, Issue 31

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Provide Feedback on SAMHSA Strategic Plan
SAMHSA is a U.S. government agency that addresses many behavioral health issues, including FASD.  NOFAS encourages advocates to urge SAMHSA to ensure that FASD is an integral part of their strategic plan and that appropriate substance abuse treatment is available for pregnant woman and woman with children.
 
Community News
News Video: Drinking Alcohol Before Pregnancy Can Increase Risks
Womans Doctor News
NBC News affiliate WBAL TV in Baltimore, MD has a segment on the risks of alcohol use before and during pregnancy.  The piece features Dr. Kathryn Boling of Mercy Medical Center.
 
A Story of Adoption Involving FASD
This article tells the story of Laura Bloch, who adopted her son Alex from a Russian orphanage.  Alex was first diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and later with FASD.  Bloch volunteers as a board member with NOFAS affiliate MOFAS. – The News Democrat
 
Children with FASD Find Structure at Camp Unity
“The unique summer camp caters to children and youth with FASD and others who would struggle with regular camp, she said… One of its goals is to bridge the gap while school is out for the summer.  Children with FASD need structure, including unchanging schedules and concrete rules, to help them learn.” – Brant News
 
Policy/Public Health
FASD Program Coming to Ontario, Canada School
“Things are all set at Keewatin Public for the new FASD program. The special class, called Transitions North, helps children with FASD learn in a very specific environment.” – Kenora Online
 
Australian Government Focusing on Pregnant Drinkers
“High-flying career women in the inner city and Aboriginal women living in remote communities are both looking down the barrel of the same gun: the risk of having babies with FASD.  A Northern Territory parliamentary committee is this week… hearing evidence from health experts and community members to determine how prevalent the condition is and how the government can reduce it.” – Sky News
 
Research News
Maternal Pre-pregnancy Drinking and Toddler Behavior Problems
“Employing data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), longitudinal associations between maternal pre-pregnancy drinking and behavior problems in toddlers aged 18 and 36 months were examined.” - European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
 
Alcohol Addict’s Gender Makes Difference
“Here’s another significant way in which the sexes differ: addiction, its aftermath and treatment.  Take alcohol. Men and women metabolize drinks differently.” – The Desert Sun
 
Webinars
FASDs: Roles, Referrals, and Reimbursement August 13, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes). Webinar though CDC/NCBDDD cooperative agreement with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “The roles, referrals and reimbursement session will provide primary care clinicians with the tools they need to work with families and children who have or may have an FASDs. Dr Wargowski will identify the appropriate professionals needed to build an FASD team and discuss options for community based resources for referral and treatment. Billing, coding and reimbursement will also be discussed.”
 
FASD: Prevention & Intervention, Part I August 18, 2014. 12:30PM – 2:00 PM EST. Offered by The Frontier Regional FASD Training Center. Presenter: Susan Doctor, Ph.D. “This presentation will be the first one in a series… this workshop will take participants on a journey that enfolds the fields of prevention, intervention and ethics within the FASD domain. Initially each of the three areas will be addressed separately and then woven together to form the comprehensive pattern of optimal advocacy for those with an FASD.”
Part II on September 15, 2014.
 
FREE NOFAS Webinar: Animal Model-based FASD Research: Insights Regarding Alcohol-induced Abnormal Development August 20, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Free webinar presented by Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.  The study of animal models allows careful analyses of abnormal development resulting from maternal alcohol use.  This research has shown that maternal alcohol administration at times corresponding to specific periods during the human 1st trimester yields a spectrum of stage of exposure-dependent structural abnormalities of the brain as well as the face.
 
Does She or Doesn't She? A Women's Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy August 21, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. “This presentation will provide an overview of alcohol dependence from a women's health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy.”
 
FASDs: Communication, Care Plans, and Care Coordination August 27, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes). Webinar though CDC/NCBDDD cooperative agreement with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “The communication, care coordination and co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Drs Matthias and Chasnoff will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.”
 
SAMHSA: Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community September 15, 2014. 12:00 PM CST. “The webcast will expand the understanding of the role peers play in recovery, foster dialogue at national, state, and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care, and provide specific, concrete action steps that people can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery.”
 
Events
Frontier Regional FASD Training Center In-Person Trainings
In order to provide a comprehensive recipe of advocacy for those with an FASD, this workshop will take participants on a journey that enfolds the fields of prevention, intervention and ethics within the FASD domain. Boise, ID - August 13, 2014. Salt Lake City, UT - September 11, 2014.
 
Cape Cod Symposium  on Addictive Disorders September 11-14, 2014. Hyannis, MA. “At CCSAD, expect to mingle with Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Private Practitioners, Employee Assistance Professionals, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, DOT/SAP Professionals, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and more.”
 
NOFAS International Gala.
September 17, 2014. Washington, DC.  Gala celebrating 25 years of NOFAS at the Embassy of Italy.  Honoring: His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero, The Honorable Tom Harkin, and The Honorable Lisa Murkowski.
 
ATTACh Conference, Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Intersection of Attachment, Science, and Hope September 17-20, 2014. Orlando, Florida. “This conference brings together a global network of professionals and parents for transformative workshop sessions with leading experts in the field of trauma and attachment. Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, leading researcher in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child, will present an all-day Pre-Conference training on September 17th.”
 
FASD Action Summit September 26, 2014. Moline, Illinois. “Join national experts in the field of FASD as they present the latest research and practices regarding prevention, diagnosis and strategies for living with the neurodevelopmental conditions associated with the use of alcohol during pregnancy.”
 
FASD Awareness Day
List of FASD Day Events Please submit your organization’s FASD Day event for NOFAS to include on our website.  International FASD Awareness Day is September 9, 2014.
 
NOFAS Webinar
Animal Model-based FASD Research: Insights Regarding Alcohol-induced Abnormal Development August 20, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Free webinar presented by Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.  The study of animal models allows careful analyses of abnormal development resulting from maternal alcohol use.  This research has shown that maternal alcohol administration at times corresponding to specific periods during the human 1st trimester yields a spectrum of stage of exposure-dependent structural abnormalities of the brain as well as the face.
 
Call for Presenters
MOFAS is Seeking Applications for Presenters for the 2014 Annual FASD Matters Conference November 13 - 14, 2014. Minneapolis Marriott. “We are looking for presentations with a human rights focus that: provide new information, ideas and solutions for families, agencies, and systems to implement share innovative strategies, tools, and best practices increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those living and/or working with someone with an FASD.”

 
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