Polk County Decategorization

Investing In My Future (IIMF) had a senior recognition night were they recognized the seniors who graduated high school. With the help of Polk County Decat, Minority, Youth and Family Initiative (MYFI) funds, IIMF was able to continue their wonderful programming with the youth. IIMF has a 100% graduation rate, meaning that every student who goes through this program will graduate high school. Read more »


Polk Decat is pleased to once again offer the opportunity for local agencies, organizations, associations, and human services programs to apply for Community Event Funding! Up to $500 (per fiscal year) can be requested by a group to help support free events which strengthen families & protect children. Read more »


(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department, the National Weather Service, Animal Rescue League of Iowa, The Salvation Army and Polk County Emergency Management are recognizing Thursday, June 8, 2017 as Iowa Heat Awareness Day. Each summer, children and animals die or are hospitalized from being left unattended in a hot car. Read more »


Learn about Boys to Men program Read more »


CPPC, in conjunction with CJJP, held a Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) Facilitator Training April 26-28. A dynamic group of people trained to be able to lead FTDMs. The trainers, Chris Secrist and Lori Mozena were amazing and the group really felt like they learned how to facilitate meetings for families in need. Thank you to everyone involved! Read more »


Alycia Green is our featured MYFI Student of the month. Alycia Green was a graduate of and a volunteer for Dress For Success Going Places Network. She then became a member of the Professional Womens Group soon after. One month ago, Alycia was asked to apply for the 2017 Success Summit: Women’s Leadership Conference. She applied and was selected to go to Phoenix, Arizona as a representative for Dress for Success- Des Moines. Read more »


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. Read more »


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