FASD Service Handbook

The FASD Service Handbook describes resources that have proven useful to people living with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families in Minnesota. Our goal is to help you know what’s available so you’re in a better position to seek out the resources that will improve quality of life for you and your family.

For questions, please contact MOFAS at info@mofas.org or (651) 917-2370. You can also search our Resource Directory for providers and other resources near you.

Treatment & Therapeutic Services
Minnesota is home to many treatment options that can help address FASD. Services range from therapy to residential treatment and everything in between.

Advocacy Tip: Many providers focus on helping people recover from mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Check that your provider understands that FASD involves brain injury that should be taken into account for treatment to be as effective as possible. 
These programs exist to support parents and caregivers of infants and very young children who may have been exposed to alcohol prenatally. They can help you identify possible developmental delays and refer you for further services if needed. For Parents and Caregivers
MOFAS advocates for universal screening for prenatal alcohol exposure in a variety of settings, as well as greater diagnostic capacity for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Minnesota. This section will help you understand screening for prenatal alcohol exposure and diagnosis of FASD. Screening & Diagnosis
A variety of mental health treatment options are available in Minnesota. Mental Health Treatment & Services
A variety of therapies can help people with an FASD address sensory issues, life skills, physical abilities, speech, and communication. Other Important Therapies for FASD
Substance use disorder treatment addresses dependency and addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Financial Resources
Often private health insurance doesn’t cover the treatment and services a person with an FASD may need. Or perhaps holding down a job is unrealistic, at least for a time, due to either the disability or the demands of being a caregiver. From health insurance to parent pay, this section explains financial resources individuals and families impacted by FASD may need. MOFAS can sometimes help, too—read about our financial assistance opportunities.

Advocacy Tip: Do you or your child need more services than your current insurance covers? Ask your county social services agency for a MnCHOICES assessment to see if you qualify for a grant or waiver that can pay for more services. 

Advocacy Tip: Did you know that parents and caregivers can receive "parent pay" to provide disability services to your own child? This option is available through Consumer Support Grants, Family Support Grants, PCA, and Waivers. 
This page will help you understand the public and private health insurance options to cover treatment and services for FASD. Paying for Health Care
Grants and waivers pay for services to help people with disabilities live successfully in the community. These services go beyond what insurance will typically cover. Grants & Waivers
This section covers cash payments for people who cannot currently work due to their disability. Income Supplements
This section covers some resources that can help while you work on accessing adequate health coverage and other longer-term treatment and services for your family. Resources to Help While You're Getting Connected
MOFAS offers different financial assistance programs to help support families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Find them here. MOFAS Funds
Education
Many young people with an FASD need special education services to truly have access to education. This section describes the services that can help support educational development at any stage, from prenatal to post-secondary.
You can access education-related services long before your child enters school. Many of these services can help address developmental delays and other symptoms so your child can get the best possible start in school. Prenatal - Age 3
This section explains the special education services available to children ages 4–21. See the Special Education Process section for details on how to navigate these services. Kindergarten - Age 21
Children ages 14–21 who receive special education services are entitled to transition planning. These services help students with disabilities prepare for post-secondary educational settings, work, or other options they wish to pursue after high school. Transition Planning (Ages 14-21)
This section covers different parts of the special education process, from requesting services to what you can do if you and school staff disagree on how to address your child’s disability in school. Special Education Process
By law, all public schools must provide special education services to students who qualify. Still, some families find they need to explore options to find the best fit for their child with an FASD. Additional School Options
This section offers information to help parents and caregivers explain FASD to school professionals and seek better outcomes for your student. Education Advocacy Tools
Housing & Employment
This section aims to help people with an FASD and their families navigate housing and employment—two key aspects to quality of life for adults. Some resources focus on helping young people transition to adulthood; others are geared to adults of all ages.
Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS) is a Department of Human Services program for adults with developmental disabilities. Semi-Independent Living Services
Supportive housing is designed to help people overcome barriers to housing by combining affordable housing with treatment services. Supportive Housing
Adult foster care, often called “group homes,” is a living arrangement that provides adults with personal care assistance, medication assistance, supervision, food, and housing. Adult Foster Care
Group Residential Housing is an income supplement program for low-income adults for costs such as adult foster care and supervised living facilities. Group Residential Housing (GRH)
Section 8 Housing assists very low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities with renting safe, affordable housing. Section 8 Housing
Vocational Rehabilitation Services focus on job placement and job coaching for people whose disability creates barriers to working. Vocational Rehabilitation
Legal
People with an FASD may have contact with the legal system in a variety of ways. This section covers topics from guardianship and alternatives to navigating the criminal justice system.
This section covers legal arrangements to support adults with disabilities in their decision-making on topics from health care to finances. Guardianship & Alternatives
Many people with an FASD come into contact with the juvenile or criminal justice system at some point. Criminal Justice
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This site is provided to families and professionals as an informative site on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is not intended to replace professional medical, psychological, behavioral, legal, nutritional or educational counsel. Reference to any specific agency does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by MOFAS.