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FASD INITIATIVE AND KEY SERVICES AND SUPPORT COORDINATION

About the FASD Initiative

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Initiative works to increase prevention, screening, diagnosis and support of FASD within the community and among service providers and families. The program is chaired by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Members also include family members and caregivers as well as other children’s services providers.

It works with many community organizations and service providers to develop a network of informed partners to deliver appropriate care for people and families affected by FASD. It helps to ensure that all programs have culturally relevant FASD information and resources.

For more information about FASD, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada

About the Simcoe County FASD Clinic

The Simcoe County FASD Clinic is for children and adults with a confirmed diagnosis of FASD. The clinic, under the guidance of Mackenzie Health’s Centre for Behaviour Health Services is for people with FASD, from child to adult.

The clinic provides a range of individual services including:

  • information and community resources links
  • support and coaching
  • direct client services such as behavioural intervention

The Role of the FASD Initiative Project Coordinator

Provides FASD expertise, consultation and training for communities, service providers and families

Develops and coordinates FASD resources within the community and among service providers

Educates communities, service providers and families about behavioral symptoms associated with FASD

Provides support to service providers to access assessment services

About the FASD Key Services and Support Program

The FASD Key Services Support Program provides support to Simcoe County and York Region families by ensuring appropriate FASD interventions and supports are put into place to mitigate the development of secondary concerns, such as disrupted school experiences, mental health challenges or trouble with the law.

Providing FASD-informed care supports better use of resources and reduces challenges faced by those with FASD.

The Role of the FASD Key Services and Support Coordinator

Provides FASD expertise, consultation and navigation of services for families and service providers

Develops, monitors and updates a flexible plan based on assessment, strengths and needs, and the family’s vision, goals and concerns, helping to overcome barriers

Works to connect and coordinate services, supports and education resources for families in order to address challenges

Coordinates relevant services and other community supports, including health, education, youth justice, community and social services, post-secondary and employment.

Coordinates information between relevant service providers for the person or family

 

If you are involved with a service agency but do not yet have a diagnosis of FASD, assessment can be arranged by speaking with your existing service provider about services that are available. If you are not involved with a service agency, speak with a doctor, community health nurse or community health centre to ask about the FASD assessment process.
There is no fee for eligible children, adults or families for FASD services. Time limited funding for the FASD Initiative has been provided by a range of local Simcoe County Child, Youth and Family services coalition member agencies. The Initiative has also received funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Child Welfare Secretariat, County of Simcoe and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario with additional support provided by Public Health Agency of Canada.

Referral

FASD Initiative
Service providers may contact their agency’s FASD Lead for more information or support. For agencies without a FASD Lead, contact Kathryn Reid, FASD Project Coordinator at kreid@catulpa.on.ca or the FASD Project Manager at (705) 326-6502 ext. 3106.

Key Services and Support Coordinator Program
Parents and professionals may call a services navigator at the Children’s Treatment Network ACCESS: 1-866-377-0286 for more information about coordination services under the program.

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