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senate Bill S. 3154

Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act

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Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and extend the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention and services program, and for other purposes.


Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) programs (as renamed under this Act, previously the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect programs). Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to: (1) establish and carry out a research agenda for FASD; (2) facilitate surveillance, public health research, and prevention of FASD; and (3) continue the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Requires the Secretary to provide financial assistance to: (1) establish or expand state FASD programs; (2) implement best practices to educate children with FASD, educate members of the criminal justice system on FASD, and educate adoption or foster care agency officials about services for children with FASD; (3) provide transitional services for those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure; (4) develop public service announcements to raise awareness of the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy; (5) increase awareness and identification of FASD in federally qualified health centers; and (6) provide respite care for caretakers, recruit mentors, and provide educational and supportive services to families of individuals with FASD. Directs the Comptroller General to make recommendations regarding the appropriate roles and responsibilities of federal entities with respect to programs and activities related to FASD. Requires the Secretary of Education to direct the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to conduct training on FASD surveillance and disseminate best practices in the education and support of children with FASD. Requires the Attorney General to direct the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to: (1) implement FASD screening procedures; (2) conduct training on surveillance and on identification and support of individuals with FASD; and (3) study the inadequacies of the current system.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2010
    As a lifeling brain disorder, we need insurance companies to cover meds and therapies to help people (especially children) with FASD. Early behavior supports are critical. We also need more professionals who understand the condition and can actually help patients. Frequently doctors and tgerapists have geard of FASD but have no experience, which results in a lifetime of trial and error. There are experts and valuable data and this should become part of a standard curriculum for US providers. More funding needs to be appropriated to find better therapies and support for independent living.
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