Polk County Decategorization


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.

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Dual Status Youth Initiative Training, April 20, - April 21, 2017


Polk County Decategorization and Juvenile Court Services (JCS) held a Dual Status Youth Training on April 20th & 21st to focus on collaborative leadership and infrastructure. The term “dual status youth” refers to youth who have come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (Wiig, Tuell, & Heldman, 2013). This training was to provide collaborative leadership in efforts to better serve dually-identified youth, dually-involved youth and dually-adjudicated youth. This training brought 25 representatives together from JCS, DHS, APCA, CJJP and DMPS to collaboratively formulate a plan to better serve our Dual Status Youths. These efforts will help decrease recidivism and disproportionality rates in Polk County.
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Providers Advisory Meeting


Yvette Burton from Burton Translation and Education Services, LLC shared what providers need to know about using interpreters.
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