The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force is working to prevent FASD
The mission of Delaware’s FASD Task Force is to provide leadership and foster effective collaboration in addressing FASD prevention and intervention statewide. This mission includes:
Engaging and mobilizing state-based and community-based professionals as well as individuals and families affected by FASD
- Identifying FASD-related needs, interests, resources, and gaps
- Contributing to the development, implementation, and evaluation of a strategic plan to address FASD prevention and intervention
- Strengthening coordination and integration of FASD prevention and intervention programs and services
- Increasing public knowledge and raising awareness about FASD in Delaware
Financial cost of FASD
It is estimated that the annual costs for FASD in the U.S.
health care system exceeds $6 billion dollars.
In a 2002 study by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Delaware has one of the highest rates nationwide of at-risk drinking by females age 18-44, at a rate of 20%.
Among teen mothers, FASD-related costs associated with babies born to teen mothers average about $2 million annually.
Problems seen in these children include intellectual disability, congenital heart defects, epilepsy, ADHD, speech
and language disorders, sensorineural hearing loss, cerebral palsy, autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Department for Health and Social Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health-State of Delaware through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).