Vision: To engage and support Kentucky communities in a coordinated effort to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Alcohol is more damaging to a developing fetus than tobacco, marijuana, heroin and crack/cocaine. Besides tobacco, alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people.
Seventy percent of Kentucky residents surveyed believe that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome means that a baby is "born drunk," and will therefore "sober up."
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are 100 percent preventable. If a woman is pregnant or could become pregnant, providing accurate information about the risks and dangers of alcohol use is a necessary first step for prevention.
Kentucky's Substance Exposed Infant Prevention Enhancement Site (SEI PES) is managed by Bluegrass Regional Prevention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, through Bluegrass Regional MH/ID Board Inc.
Substance Exposed Infant PES Toolbox
SEI PES Manager
Amanda Goforth has been in the Social Work and Substance Use field for 12 years. She received her B.S. in Social Work from Cumberland College in 2005. She is currently finishing her M.A. in Substance Use Counseling at the University of the Cumberlands. She holds a Chemical Dependency licensure in Ohio.
Amanda worked for a nonprofit substance use treatment facility in Ohio, where she initially held a position working to assist women in reunifying with their child(ren) while completing treatment. Furthering her career, she took the position as the Primary Clinician for the adolescent residential treatment program.
Amanda completed the Medically Complex Healing Hands NAS training and certification program through The University of Kentucky and CHFS. The training focused solely on the increase of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) diagnoses in the State of Kentucky, as well as provided hands-on training regarding the precise care that infants with NAS must receive.
Amanda’s invaluable experience working with the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) provides insight into areas of need for more significantly substance exposed infants (SEI).
Amanda also recognizes the stigmas associated with substance use and NAS, and educates communities on how to decrease NAS diagnoses across the commonwealth.
Prior to the PES position, Amanda was the Adolescent Substance Use Case Manager for Bluegrass.org, where she worked directly with the juvenile courts and Juvenile Justice System to implement treatment and intervention. Recognizing the increase of substance use among adolescents, Amanda will focus on prevention efforts among younger generations, especially those with increased risk contributors associated with SEI.