State Funded Services are services that may be recommended by the Iowa Department of Human Services due to ongoing case work with the family. These services may include but are not limited to Therapy, Mental Health Evaluations, Psychiatric Services, Parenting Assessments, Community Family Team Meetings, and Dream Teams. The services my be ordered to be paid for by the individual, the individuals own insurance, or court ordered funding.

  • These services are not typically covered through insurance or state funding but they offer invaluable opportunities for support and parent education to families to prevent the need for formal intervention by child welfare services, as well as a priceless opportunity for communities to show their “at risk” youth that they are cared about and that they are valuable members of the community.
  • The purpose of a Community Family Team Meeting is to provide a service that is designed to be a preventative tool to provide support to families in which a child is at risk and the family is not currently involved in the formal child welfare system. It is designed for the family who wishes to participate in order to identify their own strengths, resources, and solutions as well as any barriers to meeting their needs informally. Participation is expected to provide the family with a high quality option for support and a parent education opportunity that prevents entry or re-entry to the child welfare system.
  • The target population for a Community Family Team Meeting is any family with at least one child, who is experiencing conflict or crisis in their lives, and who is not currently involved with the Department of Human Services.
  • Services are provided by Certified Family Team Meeting Facilitators.
  • Please contact either Joni Griffin or Dan Bechtol for additional information.

Counties Served: Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, and Taylor.

  • The purpose of a Dream Team (Youth Transition Decision Making Team) is to provide “at risk” youth an opportunity to use a high quality, youth- driven process to gather a team of supportive people together to support them in discussing their goals and dreams for their future. This process was developed with foster youth and youth aging out of the child welfare system in mind, but it has the quality of generalizing across a wide variety of “at risk” youth. This service for example lends itself to specific youth needs, such as those of a teen parent. The outcome of any specific individual Dream Team Gathering is a very concrete set of action steps leading to goals identified by the youth. In the bigger picture, outcome projections include increased resource linkage in the community, prevention of delinquency. and child abuse prevention.
  • The target population for a Youth Transition Decision Making Team (Dream Team) is a youth who is between the ages of 16 to 24, is currently in the foster care system or aged out of the foster care system, or who is otherwise “at risk” in any way.
  • Services are provided by Certified Family Team Meeting Facilitators.
  • Please contact either Joni Griffin or Dan Bechtol for additional information.

Counties Served: Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Mills, and Taylor.

What it is:

  • Intense in-home evaluation of identified family for purposes of assessing a person’s parenting ability and offering input to be used for decisions related to court disposition or DHS recommendations.
  •  This evaluation is completed by two providers with an average of 3 visits in the home.

What we do:

  •  Meet with the person (s) needing to be assessed.
  •  Have two providers complete each assessment to get two evaluative impressions.
  •  Meet and/or call all professionals involved in this case.
  •  Complete a mental health DSM-IV assessment on the person (s) needing this assessment.
  •  Administer a parenting test on the person (s) needing this assessment.
  •  Do a complete evaluation of the home to include assessment of safety, routine, and relationships between family members and others residing in the home as well as assessment and evaluation of coping skills.
  •  Make recommendations for continuing services.