Polk County Decategorization

MISSION STATEMENT:

To promote a cooperative and collaborative process that strives to provide and support an efficient and effective continuum of service delivery to Polk County children and families involved in, or at risk of being involved in, the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.



Latest News

Polk Decat Executive Committee Meeting

02/01/19

There will be a Polk Decat Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 am in Conference Room 3 at the Polk County Riverplace building. To see the Age...
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NOTIFICATION

01/16/19

Polk County Decategorization (“Decat”) is committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of individuals who receive services through Decat contracts. This Notification, as required by law, is regarding a potential breach relating to improper disclosure and improper disposal of personal information which may have included protected health information relating to parent(s) and chid(ren) involved in a Child Welfare Decategorization Program between 2011 and 2012. On October 30, 2018, a breach was discovered where a file containing documents regarding Juvenile Court child welfare matter(s) were found under a tree in a remote vacant lot in east Des Moines by a concerned citizen who was walking her dog. The recovered documents were not complete files. Iowa Department of Human Services (“DHS”) was immediately contacted and took possession of the files. A breach assessment was conducted where it was determined that the last known individual who had possession of the files/documents was an independent contractor. The independent contractor no longer provides services on behalf of Polk County Decategorization. DHS returned the documents containing the confidential information to Polk County Health Services, Inc., who was contracted by the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide Decategorization Coordination services between 2011 to 2012. Polk County Decategorization has secured the documents in a locked and safe location...
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