Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

NOFAS-SD - Clinic Services

NOFAS-South Dakota offers a diagnostic clinic to help identify people who may have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is the priority of this clinic that individuals and families referred to the clinic will be treated with the utmost privacy and respect. 
  • Referrals - Referrals may be made for people of any age. An intake packet will be sent out after a referral is received. The referred individual will be scheduled into the clinic once the necessary paperwork is completed. How to make a referral to the NOFAS-SD FASD Clinic.
  • Clinic Forms
  • Clinic Goal - The goal of this clinic is to provide appropriate diagnoses of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with on-site follow-up consultation for those individuals that qualify to assist with the implementation of clinic recommendations. The diagnosis will allow professionals and families to develop strategies to improve the educational and health outcomes for the person with an FASD. The ultimate outcome of this approach is the development of a more productive life for the person with an FASD.
  • Clinic Specifics - Clinics are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Clinics are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month in Rapid City, South Dakota. School/program/agency personnel and families are invited to participate in any or all of the evaluation process.
  • Clinic Components  - The clinic consists of many components which may include: clinical psychology, audiology, education, genetics, psychiatry and social work. In addition, if needed, other components may be utilized depending upon the need of the individual.
  • Clinic Follow-Up - One clinic follow-up is completed at no charge for individuals who have been diagnosed as having an FASD. Additional follow-ups are available on request. Clinic follow-ups consist of an on-site consultation designed to assist the family and local service providers with the implementation of clinic recommendations.
  • Clinic Cost - Clinic cost will vary. For information on current clinic cost, contact the Center for Disabilities  by phone at 800-658-3080 or 605-357-1439 or via e-mail at
  • Third Party Reimbursement - The Center for Disabilities does not accept third party reimbursement, including Medicaid or Private Insurance, due to limitations of those reimbursement rates and recouping fees to cover our actual expenses for the specific service provided. If you have any questions on this issue, please contact us by phone at (800) 658-3080 or (605) 357-1439 or via e-mail at
  • Family Services - Family services are a central component of the clinic. Family members are encouraged to utilize all the information and resources available at the Wegner Health Science Information Center (in which the Center for Disabilities is a partner).
  • Student Training - Student training is the foundation of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic. Certified and licensed professionals who have experience in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from the Center for Disabilities staff and faculty of The University of South Dakota supervise graduate and doctoral level students throughout the testing process.
  • Diagnosis - Diagnosis, as appropriate, will be made utilizing the Institutes of Medicine's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Classification System.
  • Satisfaction Surveys - Satisfaction surveys are mailed by NOFAS-SD to the family and referring school or agency. Responses from these surveys are shared with NOFAS-SD staff and are reported to the state funding source.