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POLICY & PRACTICE CHANGE IN ACTION: Des Moines Iowa Pediatrician Dr. Amy Shriver Invited to Join National ACEs Pilot

The National Pediatric Practice Community on ACEs (NPPC) is a learning community of medical providers who are leaders in advancing clinical practice around ACEs and toxic stress in primary care. One of their goals is to engage medical providers as champions on ACEs and toxic stress by providing tools and resources needed to make ACEs screening a reality in practice, and become a hub about integrating an ACEs framework and what that means for pediatric practice.

Dr. Amy Shriver will be working along side the NPPC for the next 12 months in a cohort of a handful of other pediatric practices across the country as a pilot site to work on an implementation of an ACEs screening protocol, with the help of the experts, resources, and coaching NPPC provides. The pilot sites, like Dr. Shriver's clinic, is a pioneering practice, modeling the sustainability and feasibility of screening for practices around the country.

Read the official press release here. More information, as it becomes available, will be shared through our newsletters and on our website.

Congrats to Dr. Shriver and Blank Children's Hospital for being selected for this exciting and important project!



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


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

in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.



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


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)


Changes have been made to the following Medicaid provider manuals:

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


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

Access **new resources** at the IDHS Training website http://training.hs.iastate.edu/. Create a free account if you don’t already have one, log in, and go to:

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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.

During the FTDM, 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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