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.
What? Psychiatric therapy focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. Psychological therapy focuses more on the mind and its connection to feelings, moods, thoughts, and behaviors. During therapy, an individual develops a greater awareness of their thoughts and behaviors and has an opportunity to self-reflect. One goal of therapy is to teach an individual […]
Medications are one option for managing the symptoms of an FASD. There are several types of medications available that are effective in treating symptoms of an FASD. A doctor should always be in charge of deciding which medication is right for each individual. Who? It is very important that you work with a professional who […]
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT draws on both attachment and social learning theories to achieve authoritative parenting (meeting young children’s dual needs for nurturance, clear communication and for […]
How? Consult with a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) specialist to determine if this type of therapy would be helpful for your child. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses are examples of some professionals that may be trained in CBT. Where? For more information: Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website. Refer to Teresa […]
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an intervention that uses animals as a part of a health care or treatment process. Animals can be especially therapeutic for individuals with an FASD. Animal assisted therapy can help individuals with an FASD with sensory overload issues and calming issues. AAT can also help an individual develop better abstract […]
Mental health drop-in clinics are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for crisis counseling, assessments, and referrals. These clinics have staff that is able to help with crisis intervention and behavioral emergencies on a walk-in basis. Drop-in clinics provide treatment for emergencies such as panic attacks, suicidal crisis, danger to others, sudden […]
What? Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) provide help with daily activities and allows people to be more independent in their own home. A Personal Care Assistant is assigned to an individual and is trained to provide a range of services from assistance with daily living skills to hospital level care. The PCA is supervised by a […]
What? Intensive Residential Treatment Services are mental health services that are provided in a residential setting for a limited amount of time. These services are required to be directed towards specific goals, such as psychiatric stabilization, and must accomplish those goals by a particular date. IRTS also helps individuals become self sufficient and develop community […]
What? Respite is temporary child care that offers relief to the child’s daily caregivers, including parents. Caring for a child with serious behavioral needs is highly stressful, and many parents are unable to leave their child with a babysitter or relatives. The child often cannot be accepted to day care centers or left at home […]
Intensive Mental Health Treatment in Foster Care (ITFC) is a mental health service introduced in 2018 that is meant to help children with high needs to stay with their foster families and out of treatment facilities. ITFC is designed to meet the unique needs of each child. With services such as psychotherapy, crisis assistance, and clinical […]