If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is currently undefined in the DSM-IV, which often results in misdiagnosis by medical and mental health professionals. Diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals are subjected to a lack of understanding and support in schools, social and judicial systems. While a Fetal Alcohol Diagnosis may facilitate the appropriate recognition of the underlying organic brain damage involved in individual’s difficult behaviors and assist in the treatment with the child and family, there is no effective way to link the medical health side of FASD with the mental health issues that arises in approximately 90% of these individuals. The absence of FASD in the DSM prevents an integrated/multidisciplinary approach with medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, speech/occupational therapists, probation/social workers and educational institutions. Furthermore, FASD in the DSM permits the education of medical and graduates students, including physicians, psychiatrists and psychologist to increase the awareness of the condition and its clinical presentation. This would also increase the families’ abilities to receive appropriate services. Finally, the lack of coding impedes further clinical and psychiatric research of FASD. Although there are some logistical, technical, and procedural difficulties surrounding the inclusion of FASD in the DSM-V, MOFAS believes its inclusion is vital not only in facilitating more accurate diagnosis and reporting, but to increase awareness and present the opportunity to further medical and psychiatric research.
For more details on what the DSM is, and how the inclusion of FASD would affect individuals and families, click here, or feel free to call MOFAS at 651-917-2370.