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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a common cause of mental retardation and may account for as much as eleven percent of residential care for mental retardation in the United States. Other alcohol-related birth and neuro-developmental 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, is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and four other states to determine the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). 


The Colorado Board of Health requires physicians and other health care providers to report all suspected cases of FAS in children up to age 10 years.



Primary Investigator
Margaret F. Ruttenber, MSPH


Program Coordinator
Richard O. Weinert, MA


Data Manager
Richard O. Weinert, MA


Monitoring Specialist
Cynthia Vogel, RHIA, MS