This year, SAMHSA released TIP 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as part of the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series. TIP 58 offers critical guidance to help behavioral health providers support women of childbearing age to remain alcohol-free during pregnancy. Evidence-based models such as Project CHOICES, Screening and Brief Intervention, and the Parent-Child Assistance Program are described in depth. Additionally, the TIP includes detailed suggestions for identifying individuals in treatment who may have a FASD, as well as tips for modifying treatment to better meet the unique needs of women in treatment.
I encourage you to use this year’s observance of FASD Awareness Day to bring attention to these disorders. For more resources to support national efforts to prevent FASD and assist individuals and families affected by these disorders, visit SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence website.