Monday, February 10, 2014

A Call to Action

The federal appropriation that funds the FASD Center for Excellence was cut nearly 90% when Congress and the President passed the fiscal 2014 budget bill earlier this year. The budget bill sets funding levels for federal government departments including the two agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services with FASD line items, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The SAMHSA FASD budget that supports the FASD Center for Excellence was slashed from $9.8 million to $1 million. The CDC FASD budget was reduced from $9.8 million to $9.7 million and will be unable to pick up the programs that are now no longer funded.
Please take the time contact the SAMHSA Administrator and your representative / senators and ask them to restore funding to the FASD Center for Excellence.  Not sure what to say – feel free to copy this.

Not sure who to contact?  You can find the appropriate contact information here or feel free to contact me and I’ll look it up for you. 
Please also Contact SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde and Frances Harding, the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within SAMHSA, and tell them that the agency should continue to address FASD.

Thanks!  We are the warrior parents / caregivers and those living with FASD.  We need to roar!

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