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Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol or FASD
 Interlake-Eastern RHA has supports in place for caregivers with children/youth who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or who are confirmed, based on Canadian diagnostic standards, to have had prenatal exposure to alcohol.


What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD, a medical diagnostic term used to refer to a spectrum of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol (Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines 2015).  FASD is often referred to as a hidden or invisible disability because most people affected have no noticeable physical features.  FASD can impair a person’s learning, physical, cognitive, behavior and development.  The effects of FASD are life-long.  Health Canada estimates that nine in every 1000 children born in Canada have FASD.​​

FASD Diagnostic Coordinators

The FASD Diagnostic Coordinators work in partnership with the Manitoba FASD Centre. They screen referrals of children and youth living in the region to ensure diagnostic criteria is met. Providing support and information to families on the journey through assessment, FASD diagnostic coordinators provide follow-up and education post assessment. They also locally host an 8 week informational series on FASD called Building Circles of Support. They also provide education and information for the greater community on FASD through public presentations.

Should you want to discuss a potential referral for a child or youth up to age 18 for an FASD assessment or to obtain information, contact the appropriate Interlake-Eastern RHA's FASD diagnostic coordinators, according to where you live: 

Sherisse Picklyk Dear
FASD Diagnostic Coordinator (West) 
237 Manitoba Ave, 
Selkirk, MB, R1A 0Y4
Phone: 1-204-785-7547
Fax: 1-204-785-7698

Devon Ungurain
FASD Diagnostic Coordinator (East)
HEW Primary Health Care Centre
31-1st Street, Box 1208
Beausejour, MB  R0E 0C0
Phone: 1-204-268-7705
Fax: 1-204-268-4194


Referral process:

Criteria for assessment include confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure; consent of a child's or adolescent's legal guardian, identified developmental and learning concerns.

 Form  Submitted for:  Submitted by:
Referral form
all children and youth up to the age of 18 referred for assessment
Anyone as long as the legal guardian is aware and consents

Building Circles of Support

For caregivers of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Building Circles of Support is an free 8 week information program offered through MBTelehealth locations within the region.  Contact a diagnostic coordinator directly for more information and to register.

An Educational Series on FASD - 2017 Locations:

Selkirk Building Circles of Support - starts April 13
Pine Falls Building Circles of Support - starts April 13

A program offered in the Interlake-Eastern RHA to address gaps in service to those living with the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Two MB key workers are now in Selkirk and working with caregivers and children/youth located in approximately a one hour drive from Selkirk. They provide education and information specific to the needs of the clients and they assist in accessing support services. They also provide education and information for the greater community on FASD through public presentations. These key workers are advocates for establishing support networks designed around the child/youth’s needs and their strengths in home and in school.

Referrals for access to the MB Key Worker program in Selkirk and area can be made by contacting the MB key workers directly:

Shannon Foster
(204) 785-7548

Robyn Laurie
(204) 785-7680
           FORMS for MB Key Worker Program 
MB Key Worker Intake Form          
          - MB Key Worker Adult Intake Form 

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