NEAFAN works to enhance regional capacity to prevent FASD and to support those impacted by FASD through coordinated planning, collaboration, education, and service delivery.
Assessment and Diagnostic
The Assessment and Diagnostic clinic provides multi disciplinary FASD diagnostic and assessment services and is the sole local resource within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Clinic Lead is a member of the Alberta Assessment and Diagnostic Clinics Council ensuring best practices in diagnosis.
Targeting professional segments who engage the FASD community to engage in informed FASD conversations with their clients, Prevention Conversation addresses the increased risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies that result in FASD and increases capacity for health and social services providers to educate and support women and their partners using evidence-based practices.
PCAP, the Parent-Child
PCAP, the Parent-Child Assistance Program supports individuals to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy, to achieve and maintain recovery, and to support healthy pregnancies and lives for participants and their children. PCAP offers specialized, holistic support during and after pregnancy for those experiencing difficulties with substance use and social issues.
To support women to make healthy choices and prevent FASD, the Women’s Wellness Program is hosted by the Centre of Hope. The program assists homeless women to access health care and provides outreach services for issues of mental health and physical health, pregnancy, and addiction, while advocating to the appropriate treatment facility on client’s behalf.
Instructional Coach/WRaP2.0 provides support and guidance to teachers, administrators, and other school staff on how to effectively educate and support students with FASD, including developing and implementing strategies that are tailored to the needs of individual students.
FM Outreach works collaboratively with other agency representatives and coordinates service programs to provide wraparound supports such as housing, income support and food bank. Workers connect clients with supports and advocate to ensure they receive the appropriate service needed to address their presenting issues.
Captain’s Place is a supportive housing model to give men the opportunity to maintain their independence while providing a stable safe environment to continue in productive routines. Men follow through with household chores with prompts and encouragements from the mentors. House mentors engage and support the men in obtaining daily life skills and support doctor’s appointments, medication adjustments and follow up as needed.
Two NEAFAN outreach workers travel to rural communities weekly to meet with their clients. Based on the client’s needs, they work to address issues, set goals and work to achieve them, and to enhance positive outcomes. Workers attend RCOM (Rural Community Outreach Meetings) as much as possible to stay updated and network with elders and other agencies to bridge gaps and work together within the communities.
Bridges Outreach addresses the shortage of appropriate housing supports and long waitlists for what exists. The Bridges program worker supports clients through detoxes and treatments to remain independently housed, to access mental health, and to navigate the court system while assisting the court to understand FASD. The workers assist clients to gain and maintain employment and access the food bank and to help clients and caregivers make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves.