Fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a common cause of mental retardation and may account for as much as 11 percent of residential care for mental retardation in the United States. Other alcohol-related birth and neurodevelopmental defects can result in lifelong physical, behavioral and cognitive abnormalities.
Colorado Responds to Children With Special Needs (CRCSN), the public health birth defects monitoring and prevention program, works with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and four other states to determine the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome.
The Colorado Board of Health requires physicians and other health care providers to report all suspected cases of fetal alcohol syndrome in children up to age 10.
Project staff
Principle investigator
Margaret F. Ruttenber, MSPH
Program coordinator
Richard O. Weinert, M.A.
Data manager
Richard O. Weinert, M.A.
Monitoring specialist
Cynthia Vogel, RHIA, M.S.