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October 16, 2014

The RCPA conference included the workshop FASD: Implications for Youth, Families, and Systems. Key staff from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and a family member impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) provided an overview of this brain disorder that is often “an invisible disability” in children, youth, and young adults. Awareness of FASD is more important than ever, with increasing recognition of the need for coordination between mental and physical health care and the use of health homes.

A recommendation from child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Gordon Hodas was the use of the diagnostic code 315.8 – "Other Specified Neurodevelopmental Disorder: Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure." While FASD is a recognized pediatric condition, it has not yet been included in the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual. The expanded and appropriate use of the 315.8 code may prove helpful in reflecting the condition, treatment plan, service delivery, and access to managed care authorization and payment for services.

In addition to information provided at conference, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration FASD Center for Excellence presented a September webinar on it’s new Treatment Improvement Protocol #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders(FASD). Materials from that session as well as other FASD information and resources are available for download and dissemination.

RCPA is part of the Pennsylvania FASD Task Force Executive Committee under the leadership of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and in collaboration with other health care organizations, and the Departments of Public Welfare and Health.

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