Training and Information for Police and Correctional Staff


Information Packet

The following links will create a brief informational packet of documents for you to print or download and give to a police officer or correctional staff who has encountered or may encounter a person with an FASD.


FASD-Informed Certificate

Spend 2 hours reading and viewing the resources on this page. Then take a short quiz and obtain your certificate. Coming soon!!


Issues you May Encounter:

  • Individual does not follow rules
  • Individual appears to lie
  • Individual claims s/he did not hear you say something you are certain you said
  • Individual is unable to answer questions about “what happened”
  • Individual does not appear to show remorse or take responsibility for his/her actions
  • Individual becomes agitated over a “small issue” such as a change in a rule or schedule, a noisy neighbor, or someone else not following written procedures
  • Individual says inappropriate things and is not responsive to instruction
  • Individual does not benefit or learn from punishment or mistakes
  • Individual repeats self-defeating behaviors over and over


Resources for Dealing with an individual with FASD:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: Causes, Consequences, and Suggested Communication Approaches

FASD: Facts for the Justice System

Reducing Recidivism: Improving Supervision Outcomes for FASD Probationers One Hour Webinar – Ruth Richardson, MOFAS

FASD Guidebook for Police Officers

Working with Individual with FASD: What Social Workers need to know

Individuals with FASD and the Courts – What Social Workers Need to Know

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