Federal subcontract will assist fetal alcohol study at USD medical school

Federal subcontract will assist fetal alcohol study at USD medical school �The Center for Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics at The University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has received a 10-month, $100,000 planning subcontract from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence to study FASD in the South Dakota juvenile justice system.

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence is a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The "FASD in the South Dakota Juvenile Justice System" project will develop a needs assessment to determine an appropriate system of identification and intervention services for individuals with FASD. This involves collaboration with state and local agencies to identify a task force that will develop a model of care for individuals with FASD in the juvenile justice system.

The task force will be limited to 15 to 20 members, including individuals from the Department of Corrections, Department of Social Services, tribal representatives, individuals from the target population and others from the South Dakota juvenile justice system. The needs assessment will be designed to gather information regarding the types of services being provided, knowledge of FASD, and staff training needs.�

The Center for Disabilities has been working with individuals in South Dakota for over 30 years as part of a national network of University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDE).

The Center for Disabilities helps to create opportunities that improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Specifically, the Center for Disabilities provides services for individuals with FASD through the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS SD), the FASD Diagnostic Clinic, and through many grant activities. For more information on the FASD program, contact Heather Stettnichs, director of information and resources at the Center for Disabilities at (605) 357-1471.

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