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    Subdivision 1. Public awareness and education. The commissioner of health shall design
and implement an ongoing statewide campaign to raise public awareness and educate the public
about fetal alcohol syndrome and other effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. The campaign
shall include messages directed to the general population as well as culturally specific and
community-based messages. A toll-free resource and referral telephone line shall be included
in the messages. The commissioner of health shall conduct an evaluation to determine the
effectiveness of the campaign.
    Subd. 2. Statewide network of fetal alcohol syndrome diagnostic clinics. A statewide
network of regional fetal alcohol syndrome diagnostic clinics shall be developed between the
Department of Health and the University of Minnesota. This collaboration shall be based on
a statewide needs assessment and shall include involvement from consumers, providers, and
payors. By the end of calendar year 1998, a plan shall be developed for the clinic network, and
shall include a comprehensive evaluation component. Sites shall be established in calendar year
1999. The commissioner shall not access or collect individually identifiable data for the statewide
network of regional fetal alcohol syndrome diagnostic clinics. Data collected at the clinics shall
be maintained according to applicable data privacy laws, including sections 144.291 to 144.298.
    Subd. 3. Professional training and education about fetal alcohol syndrome. (a) The
commissioner of health, in collaboration with the Board of Medical Practice, the Board of
Nursing, and other professional boards and state agencies, shall develop materials about fetal
alcohol syndrome for professional training of health care providers, social service providers,
educators, and judicial and corrections systems professionals. The training shall increase
knowledge and develop practical skills of professionals to help them address the needs of at-risk
pregnant women and the needs of individuals affected by fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol
effects and their families.
(b) Training for health care providers shall focus on skill building for screening, counseling,
referral, and follow-up for women using or at risk of using alcohol while pregnant. Training for
health care professionals shall include methods for diagnosis and evaluation of fetal alcohol
syndrome and fetal alcohol effects. Training for education, judicial, and corrections professionals
shall involve effective education strategies, methods to identify the behaviors and learning
styles of children with alcohol-related birth defects, and methods to identify available referral
and community resources.
(c) Training and education for social service providers shall focus on resources for
assessing, referring, and treating at-risk pregnant women, changes in the mandatory reporting and
commitment laws, and resources for affected children and their families.
    Subd. 4. Fetal alcohol syndrome community grant education program. The commissioner
of health shall administer a grant education program to provide money to community organizations
and coalitions to collaborate on fetal alcohol syndrome prevention and intervention strategies and
activities. The commissioner shall disburse grant money through a request for proposal process
or sole-source distribution where appropriate, and shall include at least one grant award for
transitional skills and services for individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effects.
    Subd. 5. School pilot programs. (a) The commissioner of education shall award up to four
grants to schools for pilot programs to identify and implement effective educational strategies for
individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related birth defects.
(b) One grant shall be awarded in each of the following age categories:
(1) birth to three years;
(2) three to five years;
(3) six to 12 years; and
(4) 13 to 18 years.
(c) Grant proposals must include an evaluation plan, demonstrate evidence of a collaborative
or multisystem approach, provide parent education and support, and show evidence of a child-
and family-focused approach consistent with research-based best educational practices and other
guidelines developed by the Department of Education.
(d) Children participating in the pilot program sites may be identified through child find
activities or a diagnostic clinic. No identification activity may be undertaken without the consent
of a child's parent or guardian.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 2007 c 133 art 2 s 13]
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 2007 c 133 art 2 s 13]
History: 1998 c 398 art 9 s 2; 1998 c 407 art 2 s 85; 2002 c 220 art 16 s 1; 2003 c 130 s
12; 2004 c 206 s 52; 2007 c 147 art 10 s 15

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