News and Updates


June 21, 2017: Upcoming free webinar for medical assistants on Tuesday, June 27th-"Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Medical Assistant’s Role." Register here. Please share with your medical assistant colleagues. 

June 21, 2017: Join the FASD Awareness Month "Thunderclap" Social Media Campaign!
Join NOFAS on Thunderclap as we recognize Sept. 9th as FASD Awareness Day, as well as September as National FASD Awareness Month. Sign up and link your social media account to post this message on September 9th: “Today is FASD Awareness Day! No alcohol is safe during pregnancy. #FASDMonth”. Click here for more information.

June 21, 2017: The CDC has released current state-level data on women's alcohol use. Click here.

June 21, 2017: MotherToBaby is offering free expert counseling on medication use during pregnancy via phone, text, or live chat; Spanish speaking counselors are available. Click here

June 21, 2017: Upcoming event on September 23rd, 2017 at Liberty Station’s North Promenade in San Diego, CA: free community event and awareness walk celebrating healthy, alcohol-free pregnancy. The event is hosted by UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings in partnership with the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Auxiliary and SoCal NOFAS. Click here for more information, or here to register.

June 21, 2017:
Upcoming FASD Matters Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 8 – 10, 2017. Click here for more information, or here to register and purchase tickets. 

June 21, 2017: Upcoming Northeast Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on July 27th. Click here for more information and to register.

June 19, 2017: A recent article in JAMA Pediatrics, Association Between Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Craniofacial Shape of Children at 12 Months of Age, discusses new findings that even low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure can impact craniofacial development in measurable ways.

November 22, 2016: There are only two months left to take the four CEU-accredited FASD Prevention online courses created as a part of The Arc's FASD Prevention Project. These courses are available for CEU credits for physicians, nurses, medical and nursing students through December 31, 2016. Click here to access the courses.

September 30, 2016: A new article and accompanying commentary has been published in the October 2016 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics. The article, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) discusses the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain. The response commentary, Alcohol-Related Neurobehavioral Disabilities: Need for Further Definition and Common Terminology, discusses future directions of inquiry and research. 

September 14, 2016: Click here to read the ACOG President's Blog about FASD prevention. Tom Gellhaus, MD, discusses the importance of ob-gyn's communicating with their patients regarding alcohol use during pregnancy.

September 1, 2016: September is FASD Awareness Month! Join ACOG, the CDC, and NOFAS for a Twitter chat on September 13, 2016.

April 1, 2016: April is Alcohol Awareness Month! The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month every April. The goal of the month is to educate the public about the risks of excessive alcohol consumption. For pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ACOG, and SAMHSA agree that there is no safe known amount or type of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy.

March 21, 2016: New animal research suggests that not only can prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) cause behavioral problems throughout the lifespan, it may also affect future generations. Click here and here for the articles.

March 4, 2016:  As of April 21, 2016, the SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Center for Excellence (FASD CFE) will cease operations due to lack of funding. The full range of FASD products and resources, including a new page highlighting resources from many of our partners in the field, are currently available by visiting this link and this link. After 4/21/16, some FASD CFE products will remain available via the SAMHSA store.

February 2, 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data regarding alcohol use among women who plan to become pregnant or who are at risk for unintended pregnancy. The article was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and accompanied by fact sheets and patient materials on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

October 23, 2015: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report stating that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during pregnancy. Please click here for more information and to access the report.   

October 16, 2015: A new CDC study finds that the costs of excessive alcohol use rose to almost a quarter of a trillion dollars in 2010.

September 24, 2015: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data regarding alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age. Please click here to view the article, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is proud to announce the release of the materials from our 2015 FASD Awareness Day Webinar. Featuring a facilitated panel discussion with a diverse group of service providers, the Webinar addressed topics such as effective prenatal and post-natal care; FASD prevention through approaches such as Project CHOICES, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP); and treating individuals who may have an FASD. The main PowerPoint and a combined audio/video file are available online. We encourage you to download these materials and share them with your constituents, especially service providers.


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