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Iowa Preventive Services Needs Assessment: Summary of AECF Findings & Recommendations: DHS/AECF Partnership, Des Moines, Iowa, June 18, 2019.

Iowa Department of Human Services – 2019

This slideshow presentation summarizes findings from a needs assessment of child welfare prevention services in Iowa. It notes Iowa can achieve improved results in prevention services by developing a clear case management model, using targeted evidence-based interventions, and instituting stronger accountability for the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Provider Partners. The presentation identifies several strong areas of practice Iowa can build upon to further strengthen prevention services, discusses how Iowa’s vision aligns with the vision of the federal Children’s Bureau, and describes how DHS funds prevention services in a way consistent with its vision. Statistics are shared that indicate from 2014-2018 there has been a 14.5% increase in foster care entries and about 1/3 of screened in reports each year are for children who were previously substantiated, indicating the need to better leverage prevention services. Key challenges in serving teens with behavior problems and parents with substance abuse issues are noted, and enhancement opportunities for prevention services are highlighted in the areas of case management, evidence-based practices, and accountability. The need for agency collaboration is emphasized. The presentation closes with recommendations for leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act in the areas of parenting skills, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment.