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FAMILY FIRST LEGISLATION UPDATE: 

Family First Legislation will restructure how the federal government spends money on child welfare to improve outcomes for children.

Family First gives Iowa increased funding for foster care prevention services – but also requires these services to be evidence-based.

When children must be placed out of the home, states are expected to find and support relatives and fictive kin placements. If relatives and fictive kin cannot be located to care for the child, then stranger foster parents can be accessed.

Congregate care is permitted if the youth has clinical needs that require residentially-based treatment. These providers must have the clinical skill to provide treatment that helps youth stabilize and improve.

Iowa is preparing for implementation of Family First in the following ways:

  • Signing a strategic agreement with Annie E. Casey Foundation for intensive technical assistance with implementing Family First
  • Beginning subsidized guardianship
  • Supporting further implementation of Evidence-based programs – such as SafeCare
  • Updating the risk assessment tool
  • Limiting problematic sexualized behavior beds in group care to youth with established clinical needs
  • Initiating a kinship navigator program in Johnson and Linn Counties
  • Developing a research-based safety assessment and plan document
  • Further implementation of Treasury Offset Program (TOP) for all youth 12+yo in out-of-home placement

Read the Family First Blueprint and more on the DHS website.

DHS Rules and Manual Update, 5/30/19

RULES

Use this link to see Notices of Intended Action and Adopted and Filed rule amendments

in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/bulletinSupplementListings

MANUAL

Use these links to see new manual changes published today.

Changes have been made to the following administrative manuals:

  • 20-B, Office of Communications, rescinding chapter
  • 20-B-Appendix, Office of Communications Appendix, rescinding chapter
  • 20-C, Forms Management, rescinding chapter
  • 20-C-Appendix, Forms Management Appendix, rescinding chapter

http://dhs.iowa.gov/policy-manuals/administration/general-letters

Changes have been made to the following IM manuals:

  • 7-L-Appendix, Disaster Food Assistance Program Appendix, updating disaster Food Assistance forms (DHS staff only)

http://dhs.iowa.gov/policy-manuals/income-maintenance/general_letters

Changes have been made to the following Medicaid provider manuals:

  • 8-Appendix, All Providers Manual, Chapter II, rescind and replace chapter

http://dhs.iowa.gov/policy-manuals/medicaid-provider/general_letters

More information on DHS and its programs is found at http://dhs.iowa.gov/ 

For more information please contact Matt Highland, email:  mhighla@dhs.state.ia.us.

Cultural Equity Resources for Child Welfare

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Categories => Resource Library => Cultural Equity Alliance Resources

to learn about working more effectively with all of Iowa’s children and families.

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Continuing Courageous Conversations Toolkit

Could you, or someone you know or work with, benefit from a Family Team Meeting?

What is a Family Team Meeting?

A community-based Family Team Decision Making meeting (FTDM) is a facilitated meeting that brings together individuals who can assist families in getting back on track while providing them with helpful resources and supports.

This approach draws upon a family‘s strengths, experiences, knowledge, and resources to create a plan that provides for the safety and well-being the family; especially the children. The family is assisted in building a circle of support that will see the family through difficult times.

FTDMs are based on these values: everyone has strengths, people can change, and people deserve support.

Would Your Family Like to Have a Family Team Decision Making meeting?

You can complete your own referral form and make a self-referral, or you can have someone that you trust complete the referral form on your behalf. The FTDM referral form can be obtained by contacting Polk County’s Project and CPPC Coordinator Jordan Kauffman at jkauffm@dhs.state.ia.us, or by calling 515-725-2787.

During the FTM, the team:

  • Is welcomed and introduces themselves
  • Learns what the family hopes to accomplish and defines the purpose of the meeting
  • Sets reasonable and meaningful goals
  • Recognizes and affirms the family’s strengths
  • Assesses the family’s needs
  • Designs an individualized course of action that includes supports and services matching the family’s needs and building on their strengths
  • Agrees on next steps and sets up supports

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