FAS TRACS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Treatment, Resources and Community Supports Program

INTRODUCTION

The FAS TRACS  program provides short  term mental health services for children (aged 3 – 18 years) who have a diagnosis of (or query of) fetal alcohol spectrum disorder  along with emotional, psychological and/or behavioral problems. This group program is designed to promote mental well being and to enhance functioning through the development and implementation of practical strategies that can be adapted to the home, school and/or community settings.

All approaches to treatment are grounded in the belief that:

(a)    Individuals and systems are multidimensional;
(b)    Assessment must examine biological, psychological and social factors;
(c)    Treatment must address the person, their daily activities and the environment; and
(d)    In order to be healthy, individuals must believe in themselves and their strengths.

 

REFERRAL AND INTAKE PROCESS

Referrals to CASA’s mental health services are centrally co-ordinated along with Alberta Health Services in the region. Infants and children 3 -5 years of age are referred directly to CASA Referrals can be made one of two ways.
Self-referrals (family initiating the referral) may be made directly to FAS TRACS program by calling: (780-400-4523.)  Professionals involved with the child may refer to the FAS TRACS program through Children’s Mental Health Intake (780-342-2701).

(i)Self/ family referrals and referrals for children aged 3- 5 years are made directly to CASA’s FAS TRACS PROGRAM:
  • The family will complete a telephone screening to determine appropriateness for the program.
  • Whenever possible, the intake information is supplemented with reports of previous assessments, treatment, as well as related academic information.  
  • Families are encouraged to discuss their request for mental health services with their family doctor if they haven’t already done so, to ensure medical follow-up if necessary.
  • The information will be passed along CASA’s intake department which will record the information in a central database. The program teams review and prioritize referrals (based on the Western Canadian Waitlist Criteria) according to urgency of need for treatment and order of referral.
(ii) Referrals made to Children Mental Health Intake:
  • An intake staff conducts a telephone screening interview.
  • Whenever possible, the intake information is supplemented with reports of previous assessments, treatment, as well as related academic information.
  • Families are encouraged to discuss their request for mental health services with their family doctor if they haven’t already done so, to ensure medical follow-up if necessary.
  • Following the intake screening, referrals are conferenced.  The regional conferences include clinical managers of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and CASA’s children’s mental health programs and services.
  • The conference team recommends a program or service for the child and family based on a variety of criteria, including geography, age, presenting concern(s), and history of treatment.
  • The recommendations are discussed with the family following the conference. If the family agrees with the referral, all screening information and reports are forwarded to the recommended service.
  • Referrals sent to CASA by Regional Intake are distributed to the appropriate CASA program after recording them in a central database.  The program teams review and prioritize referrals (based on the Western Canadian Waitlist Criteria) according to urgency of need for treatment and order of referral.
ASSESSMENT

As space becomes available, referrals are directed to CASA Front Door Assessment Services where they will receive a comprehensive assessment. All initial assessments are conferenced with the multidisciplinary team.

    

 CASA Family Handbook