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.
For many people with an FASD, waivers open the door to needed services not covered by other health insurance. Waivers pay for services to help people with disabilities live in the community instead of in an institution.
The services for which a waiver can pay depend on the type of waiver. A few common examples include extended Personal Care Assistance (PCA) services, environmental adaptations such as fencing in the yard, supported employment services, and respite care. Parents and caregivers can receive pay from waiver funds to provide these services (read more about parent pay)—this is a popular option for families impacted by FASD because so few providers understand FASD well.
In Minnesota, people with an FASD most often qualify for one of two types of waivers:
Minnesota has three other types of waivers as well. Read more at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.
Waivers can work in one of two ways:
To have a waiver, a person must:
Waiver tips from families impacted by FASD:
Apply for a waiver through your local county human services agency or tribe. Note that, if you do not qualify for a waiver, you may still qualify for a Family Support Grant (FSG). The grants are much smaller than waiver budgets but can still be helpful. Read more about FSGs.