Texas Government Code § 501.059. Screening for and Education Concerning Fetal Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy

(a) The department shall establish a screening program to identify female inmates who are:

(1) between the ages of 18 and 44;

(2) sentenced to a term of confinement not to exceed two years;  and

(3) at risk for having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications, including giving birth to a child with alcohol-related birth defects.

(b) The screening program established under Subsection (a) must:

(1) evaluate the family planning practices of each female inmate described by Subsection (a) in relation to the inmate's consumption of alcohol and risk of having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications;

(2) include an objective screening tool to be used by department employees administering the screening program;  and

(3) occur during the diagnostic process or at another time determined by the department.

(c) The department shall provide:

(1) a brief substance abuse intervention to all female inmates identified by the screening program as being at risk for having a pregnancy with alcohol-related complications;  and

(2) an educational brochure describing the risks and dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy to all female inmates.


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