Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence raises awareness of FASD and provides information and resources for providers and the public.

Under the previously funded FASD Center for Excellence, SAMHSA developed a number of publications and resources that continue to be available. The following are intended to assist people affected by FASD and their families, state and local agency administrators, and service providers:

  • Tools for Success: Working with Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Juvenile Justice System – 2014 is a self-paced educational program. It is based on Carlson and Holl’s Tools for Success: Working with Youth with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects in the Juvenile Justice System Resource Guide — 2001. The program has been updated to emphasize more recent published literature and terminology.
  • Curriculum for Addiction Professionals (CAP): Level 1 – 2007 provides guidance on encouraging women in treatment not to consume alcohol during pregnancy. It also helps professionals work with adult and adolescent clients affected by FASD, as well as clients with children affected by FASD. Parents, caregivers, and other family members can also benefit from this information. CAP Level 1 is organized into six competencies with content that includes:
    • An historical overview of alcohol use by pregnant women
    • Identification and diagnosis of FASD
    • Prevention strategies to address FASD
    • Treatment strategies to address FASD
    • Continuing care for families affected by FASD
    • Legal issues affecting pregnant women and people affected by FASD
  • Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – 2013 reviews alcohol screening tools and interventions for use with pregnant women and women of childbearing age to prevent FASD. It also outlines methods for identifying people affected by FASD and modifying treatment accordingly.

This page will be updated as additional resources are moved into the SAMHSA Store.

Last Updated: 04/21/2016