News Alert: New Medical-Legal Partnership

 

FASD Justice

MOFAS is pleased to announce that, to build on our National Center on FASD Justice & Equity project, we have been awarded funds from the American Bar Endowment to develop and launch the first of its kind medical-legal partnership to protect the legal rights of people impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure.

The project will embed attorneys with medical staff at the MOFAS FASD Diagnostic Clinic to tackle health-harming legal issues. Such partnerships have been endorsed as effective practices by both the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association.

Many of the families we serve face challenging social conditions related to education, housing, employment, and accessing services and benefits, all of which add layers of complexity to addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). We are excited to develop this new service and create a series of medical-legal partnership tools designed for health centers serving people with an FASD.

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The National Center on FASD Justice & Equity is designed to raise awareness of and address the complex education, health, and justice issues facing individuals and communities impacted by FASD. While this project has a national scope, the Center is also designed to highlight promising projects and initiatives in Minnesota that have the potential to be transformative and replicable across the country. Sign up to receive action alerts and project updates.

Questions

For questions about this, contact Ruth Richardson, Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives, at ruth@mofas.org or 651-917-2370.

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