A Call for Action: The FASD Center for Excellence has been defunded
A call to action:
The FASD Center for Excellence has been defunded by the Senate Appropriations committee and scheduled to close April 16, 2016. SAMSHA has not asked for it to be included in the 2017 budget.
The FASD Center for Excellence is the ONLY federally funded organization that includes in its mission to “improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by these disorders.”
All other agencies focus on prevention and research.
In light of the CDC’s recently released statistics about the prevalence of FASD being as high as 2-5% of all births in the U.S.., it is UNACCEPTABLE that the federal government cut funding to this organization, and UNACCEPTABLE that SAMSHA not fight for it to remain open.
What you can do:
Look up SAMSHA’s National Advisory Committee: http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/advisory-councils/samhsa-national-advisory-council/council-roster and email or call them with your concerns. SAMPLE LETTERS are here and here.
SAMSHA’s National Advisory Committees will meet starting Feb, 24. Information about the meetings and how to call in can be found here: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSAMHSA/bulletins/137f5f5?reqfrom=share
NOFAS has also issued a call for action. To see what they suggest, go here: http://www.nofas.org/2016/02/22/nofas-action-alert-end-of-funding-for-samhsa-fasd-center-for-excellence/