Resource Center Addresses Legal Issues for People with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome and the law: Policy choices and implementation

Eric Schnapper, LLB, and a team of researchers at the University of Washington School of Law established the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Legal Issues Resource Center.

The center analyzes legal issues related to fetal alcohol exposure and disseminates information to people with fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects and others.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP) (for more information see Program Results).

Key Results:

  • Identified and prepared written analyses of approximately 150 federal and state judicial opinions in which the existence of fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects played a significant role.
  • Established a website that includes summaries of court cases related to fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects, articles, a directory of physicians who diagnose problems related to fetal alcohol exposure, and links to support groups and other community resources.
  • Created a "Medical Information for Police" card for people with fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects.
  • Trained police officers regarding Fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects.
  • Provided assistance to legal officials in criminal cases.

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