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. Northrop Grumman Information Systems has the contract to administer the Center. It is expected that the cut will take effect when the first option year of the contract between SAMHSA and Northrop Grumman begins this spring.
NOFAS urges FASD advocates to take the following actions:
- 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. Ask them for an accounting of actual funds spent by SAMHSA on FASD by fiscal year for the past five years. Request that the total dollar amount of any previously appropriated FASD funds not spent on FASD be allocated for FASD in 2014, over and above the current year appropriation.
- Contact your member of the House of Representatives and your Senators insisting that funding in the fetal alcohol syndrome line item in the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention account be restored to the fiscal 2013 level of $9.8 million in the fiscal 2015 budget.
Contact NOFAS for more information or assistance with your outreach.