Alberta Is a Leader in FASD Prevention and Support
Recognizing that FASD directly or indirectly touches every Albertan, the Government of Alberta took decisive action in 2003, launching a cross-ministry initiative to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response.
In 2006, the government developed and implemented the FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan (2007 to 2017), which guides programs, services and research. The plan is broad in scope, but focused on outcomes. Now in its eighth year, this system-wide model of prevention and service delivery has made Alberta a leader in the field, in Canada and internationally. Funding has resulted in more integrated and coordinated services delivered in the community.
The FASD Cross-Ministry Committee, supported by government ministries and community-led Councils of experts and stakeholders, provides oversight, ensuring accountability, the standardization of practices, and stakeholder representation.
The Alberta FASD Strategy Is Demonstrating Results
Vulnerable Albertans with FASD were once lost to the system, left undiagnosed, untreated, and disconnected from society. They are now finding hope by accessing the services they need.
The next two years will be focused on responding to the recommendations of the Year 7 Evaluation, increasing levels of supports and service, and increasing community participation in planning, evaluation, research, training and education.
Sustainability will be achieved by developing a responsive, knowledge-based FASD Service Network Program capable of adapting to changing circumstances while maintaining its focus on achieving outcomes.