Catalyst for Youth was the Fiscal Agent for the Santa Clara County Task Force to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Santa Clara County Task Force FASD project, funded by a March of Dimes grant, had four primary objectives:
Number to be reached: At least 600 women received materials and 150 medical providers and 150 criminal justice providers were shown and/or receive videos, brochures, and curriculum through training small groups sessions and individual case management presentation.
The March of Dimes grant funds three different projects:
Video production and replication to further the understanding of FASD in the following systems:
Who is The Santa Clara County Fetal Alcohol Task Force?
The SCC FASD task force was created in 2002 for the specific purpose of collaborating with individuals and agencies in the county to combat this growing problem that affects individuals, systems of care, and our state budget. This collaboration has led to influencing state agencies which are now coming together to create a comprehensive state plan for FASD. For instance, the SCC FASD task force has played a major role in bringing together people to implement a legislative briefing on FASD in Sacrament on August 17, 2004. Working members of The SCC FASD task force include: Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health; Catholic Charities, Friends Outside, VIA Rehabilitation Services, Santa Clara Health & Hospital System, Department of Alcohol & Drug Services, Emergency Housing Consortium, and ARH, House on the Hill, a non-profit women’s residential treatment facility. We have begun to establish working relationships with doctors in our county by utilizing knowledgeable “lead” doctors who have more credibility with other doctors. A series is being planned for Santa Clara County that wil be presented by doctors on our board teaching other doctors. The March of Dimes grant allowed us to continue the momentum established during 2004. Today much of our material has been integrated into existing programs in the above departments and agencies. Additionally we are working closely with the California and Santa Clara County American Medical Association Alliance to help us in bringing more information to our local medical providers.
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