Regional FASD Conference to be held Feb. 18-20

Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010

JUNEAU - The 2010 Southeast Alaska Regional Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Conference, "Embrace the Reality, Celebrate the Passion, and Create the Hope," will be held Feb. 18-20 at Centennial Hall.

The conference is designed to have two tracks - one for those who have little or no understanding of FASD and another for those who have moderate or extensive experience and understanding of FASD.

FASD, educators, first responders, mental and physical health care providers, social service providers, law enforcement officers, judges, probation officers, corrections personnel, attorneys, churches, elected and appointed officials and rural communities are urged to send representatives.

Conference objectives include the following:

• To increase the awareness that FASD is a life-long brain disability that requires a comprehensive life-long system of prevention, diagnosis, services and support.

• To describe the current regional FASD related services, as well as, identifying and prioritizing needed services and support.

• To demonstrate the FASD programs and strategies that has proven successful in Alaska and elsewhere.

• To help families, communities and organizations advocate for creation of FASD services and support with special emphasis on: early diagnosis, supervised housing, youth and adult programs, alternatives to incarceration and support for families.

• Use the conference as a spring board to encourage communities, organizations and families to request and schedule training to better serve their needs.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Arctic Regional Training Center, which will offer continuing education credits to the professionals in attendance at the conference, and by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Tribal Family & Youth Services Department, Office of the President and the Community Services & Self-Governance Division.

Coalition and contributing members include the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Office of Children Services, Advisory Board on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Board, Juneau Youth Services, Gastineau Human Services, Cathedral of the Nativity, The Glory Hole, Resurrection Lutheran Church and the Catholic Dioceses of Juneau.

Registration is free. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 29. Registration forms are available online at, or may be obtained by calling Donna James at 907-463-7169 or To confirm registration, fax completed registration form to James at 907-463-7343.

Ten resource tables will be available for programs to display their materials and educate the community. Those interested in hosting a resource table should contact Geri Mata at 907-463-7350 or

Those traveling to Juneau for the conference who are in need of housing can contact Peggy Metcalf at 907-586-6738 or

Northern Light United Church is coordinating the FASD Conference Coalition and is the responsible nonprofit corporation for accounting, performance and reporting.

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