What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that encompasses three specific medical diagnoses:
The FASD Network The FASD Network was announced in September 2009. The goal is to increase accessibility to FASD diagnostic services throughout the province. The Network will build diagnostic capacity throughout the province. Manitoba Health and Changes for Children have provided funding. All 5 RHAs are part of the Network.
Referral to your FASD Diagnostic Coordinator
There are several FASD Diagnostic Coordinators throughout Manitoba who:
MB Key Worker ProgramA three year pilot project being 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. 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 email@example.comRobyn Laurie(204) firstname.lastname@example.org FORMS for MB Key Worker Program - MB Key Worker Intake Form - MB Key Worker Adult Intake Form To discuss a potential referral of a child for an FASD assessment, contact one of Interlake-Eastern RHA's FASD diagnostic coordinators:
Sherisse Picklyk Dear FASD Diagnostic Coordinator (West) 237 Manitoba Ave, Selkirk, MB, R1A 0Y4Phone: 1-204-785-7547 email@example.comFax: 1-204-785-7698
A referral form needs to be completed and sent to one of the Interlake-Eastern RHA Coordinators. Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources including:
Criteria for assessment include confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure; consent of a child's or adolescent's legal guardian, identified developmental and learning concerns.
Once a Referral is Received: The FASD coordinator contacts the legal guardian and assesses eligibility. An intake package is sent to the legal guardian. The FASD coordinator is available to meet with families and/or schools to assist with gathering required information. Families may be asked to forward copies of any earlier assessments that have been completed. The Coordinator forwards the completed intake package to the diagnostic centre for determining the assessment plan. A letter is sent to the family and source of referral outlining the assessment plan.
Assessments for the Interlake-Eastern RHA take place at the Manitoba FASD Centre in Winnipeg using a multidisciplinary team approach in accordance with the FASD Canadian National Guidelines. The assessment team is composed of:
One of three assessment teams will be assigned: preschool team, school-age team, adolescent team. Assessments are not available for individuals over 18 years old.
Building Circles of Support is an 8 week information program offered through MBTelehealth locations within the region. This program targets family members of children diagnosed with FASD. It offers valuable education to all those who interact with children who live with this disorder. Each week a different topic on FASD is addressed including guest speakers and handouts. Sessions will be held in Selkirk and Beausejour with other locations being scheduled. Contact a coordinator directly for more information and to sign up.An Educational Series on FASD - 2016 Locations:SelkirkBeausejourPinefallsRequired Forms