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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-2-06
HB HJM 43
SHORT TITLE Increase Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness
SB
ANALYST Collard
ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT (dollars in thousands)
FY06
FY07
FY08 3 Year
Total Cost
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
Total
N/A
$80.7
N/A
$80.7
Non-
Recurring General
Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to SB 463
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
Human Services Department (HSD)
Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of House Joint Memorial
HJM 43 requests DOH, HSD, CYFD and PED to recognize the issues of fetal alcohol syndrome
(FAS) and to endorse the viewing of the video Gary and the Angles to increase FAS awareness
and to work with state and private entities to help prevent FAS. These departments would report
to the Health and Human Services Committee by November 1, 2006 about their progress in pre-
venting FAS, by promoting this film.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
While the joint memorial does not include an appropriation, HSD indicates it would be required
to report on progress to the LFC by November 30, 2006; this could require 1 FTE at a cost of
$80 thousand. CYFD notes there will be an unknown fiscal impact, presumably to be shared
across the participating agencies, to comply with the provisions to promote and facilitate viewing
of the film Gary and the Angels. PED indicates it would be responsible for directing staff to fa-
cilitate the viewing of the film in educational facilities and review the film to determine the age-
appropriateness of the film. PED estimates an additional cost of an educational administratorís
time at $662.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DOH indicates FAS is a condition characterized by abnormal facial features, growth retardation,
and central nervous system problems. One of every 1,000 children born in New Mexico has
FAS and the incidence of alcohol related birth defects in New Mexico is 1 in 100 births
(
http://casaa.unm.edu/PreventFAS/NM_Data.htm
). FAS is the only 100 percent completely pre-
ventable birth defect. If a mother does not drink alcohol during pregnancy, there is no possibility
of her baby acquiring the disabilities caused by alcohol consumption.
The DOH Office of Disability and Health has funded an FAS prevention project at the Univer-
sity of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Alcohol Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA)
since 1996. In 2003 the project, in conjunction with the UNM School of Medicine Department
of Pediatrics produced a 30 minute FAS awareness and prevention video I Donít Want My
Daughter to Hate Me. The project has distributed more than 10,000 copies of the video in New
Mexico and the country and has bought airtime on network and cable channels in New Mexico.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
HSD indicates it supports efforts to bring health education to its members and would encourage
the contracted MCOs to do so as well; however, the provision on reporting progress could be dif-
ficult to achieve and would consume significant personnel resources to make happen.
CYFD states it will absorb the administrative costs associated with implementing this memorial.
RELATIONSHIP
House Joint Memorial 43 relates to Senate Bill 463 which appropriates $50 thousand from the
general fund to the DOH to promote FAS awareness through the video Gary and the Angels.
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