Polk County Decategorization

Please join us on March 8th from 11am to 1pm at Polk County River Place, located at 2309 Euclid Avenue, for the Human Services Internship & Career Fair! Everyone with an interest in working in the Human Services fie...
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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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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 »


(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 »


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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 »