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ICCFASD Justice Issues Work Group

The Justice Issues Work Group – one of four work groups established by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD) to address special issues and to plan and implement directed activities – is led by Scott Pestridge, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Mr. Pestridge is also the U.S. Department of Justice representative to the ICCFASD where he coordinates the work of the group with Dr. Sally Anderson, NIAAA, FASD Activities Coordinator, ICCFASD. For the past several years, the highest priority of the work group has been to increase awareness of legal and justice professionals about the challenges they face when individuals with an FASD are involved with the justice system. The overall goal of current activities is to help attorneys and judges increase their understanding of FASD so that they may better serve clients with FASD and their families and better consider a broader range of options when they have, or think they may have a youth with an FASD in their court.

 • Watch a Webinar: "Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Promising Practices for System Involved Youth with FASD" (April 12, 2017)

 - CLICK HERE to access the on-demand recording of the webinar.  You will be prompted to register using your name and email address to access the recording, powerpoint handout, and supplemental materials


 • "Alcohol-Related Birth Disorders and the Law: How Should Attorneys & Judges Respond to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders", Proceedings from a Continuing Legal Education Credit Program held at the American Bar Association Meeting in NewOrleans, a Continuing Legal Education program.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Implications

 • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
ICCFASD Justice Issues Work Group


Scott Pestridge, M.P.P.
(Work Group Leader)
Senior Policy Advisor 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/OJJDP
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice 
810 7th St. NW, room #7347
Washington, DC 20531
Phone:  (202) 514-5655  
Sally M. Anderson, Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
6700B Rockledge Drive 
Room 1246, MSC 6902
Bethesda, MD 20892–6902
Phone: 301-443-6371
Fax: 301-443-7043
For overnight express mail: 
6700B Rockledge Drive, Room 1246, MSC 6902, Bethesda, MD 20817  
Eileen B. Bisgard, J.D.
Guardian ad Litem – Retired
Former Executive Director, NOFAS, Colorado
6145 Laural Green
Frederick, CO 80530  
Phone: 720-394-1525
Hon. Susan Carlson, J.D
500 East Grant Street, #1906
Minneapolis, MN  55404
Phone:  (612) 414-3125
Linda L. Chezem, J.D.
Professor Emerita
Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Purdue University
530 Denny Drive 
Mooresville, IN 46158
Phone:  317-409-5050
Fax: 317-831-8464
Sharon R. Hunt, LICSW, Ph.D. 
SRH Consulting
12615 Safety Turn
Bowie, MD 20715 
Phone: 301 802-0714
Ruth A. Richardson 
Director of Programs & National Strategic Initiatives
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
2233 University Ave. W., Suite 395
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone:  651.917.2370
Barbara Wybrecht, R.N., B.S.N., P.H.N.
FAS Clinical Nurse Specialist, retired 
2232 Boston Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49506
Phone: 616-241-9126
Honorary Emeritus Members
Anne S. Douds, J.D.
Special Litigation Counsel
Beauchat & Beauchat, LLP and
Justice Systems Innovation
63 West High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-4515 
Louise Shabi-Ashkie
The Navajo Nation
Department of Behavioral Health Services
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project
P.O. Box 1049
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone:   928-729-4468   or  928-729-4028 
Fax:       928-729-4477
Catherine E. Hargrove, M.S.W., J.D.
Expert Consultant on FASD and the Law 
4207 Illinois Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20011
Phone:  202-291-4297
Karen J. Bachar, M.A., M.P.H.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/OJJDP
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice 
810 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone:  (202) 514-4403        
Fax:  (202) 353-9093 
Mobile: (202) 598-9136


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