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The FASD team provides diagnostic and referral services for individuals suspected of having prenatal alcohol exposure syndromes.

The goals of this program are:

  • To identify characteristics of FASD in persons as early as possible.
  • To improve quality of life for those individuals and for people in their environment by referral for appropriate services within their communities.
  • To educate everyone about the risks of alcohol use by women of childbearing who could bear children.
  • To support the referral of birth mothers to appropriate substance abuse treatment services.
  • To prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and other effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • To show that with early identification and diagnosis, affected persons can take part in their world in a new and better way.

 

Children, adolescents and adults who are suspected of having prenatal alcohol exposure syndromes and who reside in Harris County.

Specific admission criteria include:

  • Individuals suspected of having prenatal alcohol exposure
    syndromes who's physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities restrict their level of functioning in the community.
  • AND are residents of Harris County.
  • AND who are 3 years of age or older.

 

The first step in the application process is to contact the consumerís Service Coordinator and request a referral. The referral must include a valid Determination of Mental Retardation and current information regarding the consumerís medical condition and behavioral issues. If the consumer does not have a Mental Retardation Division Service Coordinator visit this link to learn how to access MHMRA services.


Consumers provide their own transportation. Consumers with special needs for transportation should contact their Service Coordinators.

 

Consumer's ability to pay for the Team's diagnostic services is assessed by a financial counselor, who determines a co-pay amount, if applicable. If a consumer has third party benefits that cover this service but MHMRA is not in the network, the consumer is given three choices:

1. The consumer may choose to pay the full amount of the service;
2. The consumer may choose to contact the insurance company to attempt to get MHMRA added to its provider network; or
3. The consumer may choose to receive services from a provider in the consumer's network.

These choices are explained in detail at the initial assessment, and the FASD Team works with the consumer and/or family to ensure that the
consumer's needs are met via a joint effort with other entities of the Agency or Community.


During the admission process, the FASD Team takes into consideration the consumer/family's right to choose their treatment options. The consumer/family will be asked questions allowing the referral to be screened for the appropriateness of acceptance to this Team's process. If it appears that some other resource would better meet the consumer's needs, the contact person will be informed of the more appropriate resource. We consider each consumer/family's preferences. As this Team provides specialty diagnosis only, all of the referred person's regular medical and mental health care must be obtained from other providers of the consumer's choice.