Programa de Ações Integradas para Prevenção e Atenção a Álcool e Drogas
Dr. Erikson Furtado, MD, PhD, started his medical career in 1984 as pediatrician and became a child psychiatrist in 1986 and earned his PhD in Child Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1993. Since 1995, he is a full-time tenured faculty member of the University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil), as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior, School of Medicine at Ribeirao Preto (FMRP). He is responsible for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit and its Residency and Fellowship Program and is the founder and coordinator of the “PAI-PAD” program (Program of Integrated Actions for Prevention and Attention to Alcohol and Drugs in the Community). He opened an outpatient unit devoted to the, from childbirth beginning, longitudinal assessment and psychiatric care of FASD children and developed a protocol for alcohol brief interventions for pregnant women as a mean of FASD prevention. His “PAI-PAD” program, funded by the State Health Department of Sao Paulo, is now promoting continuing training and resources for the implementation of preventive and early diagnosis and treatment for alcohol and drugs at the primary health care level in Brazil.