Alberta FASD Cross-Ministry Committee
In 2007, the Government of Alberta launched a cross-ministry initiative to develop a comprehensive coordinated response to FASD, resulting in the development and implementation of Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan. Over the past seven years, the foundation has been laid for Alberta’s new model for FASD prevention and service delivery. Now in its eighth year, a system-wide FASD Service Network model has made Alberta a leader in the field, in Canada and internationally.
That Alberta has a comprehensive and coordinated provincial response to FASD across the lifespan and continuum of services that is respectful of individual, family and community diversity.
The Government of Alberta will provide leadership and work collaboratively with partners to provide FASD services in Alberta.
The Alberta FASD Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC) was formed in 2002 from a partnership of government ministries, provincial and community organizations. The FASD-CMC works in co-operation with provincial and community organizations and regional groups to provide a comprehensive and coordinated provincial response to the issue.
Alberta’s FASD Program also includes the Canada Northwest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Partnership (CNFASDP), which uses a cross-jurisdictional approach and a common message - if you are pregnant, no alcohol is best - to promote prevention and provide support to individuals already affected by FASD. The partnership also shares expertise, best practices, materials and, where possible, effective and efficient use of resources.
Other initiatives that support this momentum include Alberta’s Crime Reduction Strategy and Positive Futures - Optimizing Mental Health for Children and Youth.
In addition, FASD service providers play a key role in supporting the initiatives of the FASD-CMC. These are organizations with a service delivery mandate that are supported by Government of Alberta ministries, including:
- Human Services (Employment, Early Childhood Development, Child Intervention, Family Violence Prevention and Homelessness, Disability Services)
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education
- Aboriginal Relations
- Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
- Justice and Solicitor General
- Agencies with a direct contractual relationship with one or more ministries to provide FASD-related services
Several Government of Canada ministries also have a direct and/or an indirect role in providing FASD-related services, including Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the First Nations and Inuit Health.
There are also several external corporations involved that include the Institute of Health Economics (IHE); Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research; University of Alberta; and Canada FASD Research Network.