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Service providers gather for training

Drug Endangered Children program is topic of seminar held in Webster City Tuesday

April 12, 2012
Anne Blankenship - Managing Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

About 50 regional service providers attended a Drug Endangered Child training in Webster City Tuesday at The Bridge.

Kathy Getting, director of PowerUp YOUth, said a wide variety of providers attended the training. They included Department of Human Services workers, staff members from children's services, prevention program representatives, juvenile court representatives, Parent Partners and others.

Getting said the program Tuesday was meant to show providers in the county what can be done locally.

"We brought this together as a springboard," Getting said. "This is a regional training and we hope counties can start to look at what can be done locally to help children living in drug environments to stop the cycle. We also want to find ways to work together as teams, rather than as silos."

Collaboration was one of the key messages at the workshop Tuesday. Getting said it was also pointed out that frustration can arise when working with other people or agencies without knowing the scope of their duties and authority.

"We need to sit down with one another to learn more about other providers' responsibilities, roles and limitations," she said. "That way we can build levels of trust and then work collaboratively."

One of the presenters at the training, Jennifer Slater, of the regional child protection center at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, explained the Drug Endangered Children program.

"We're talking today about Drug Endangered Children or DEC program. That's a national program that works with different agencies to teach them how to work together for what's in the best interest of children," she said.

"There's so much we can accomplish working together and sharing information," she said.

Lt. Eric Nation of the Jasper County Sheriff's office, was another presenter at the workshop. He said that the DEC program involves a variety of different disciplines working together.

"Every discipline that is here, whether it be child welfare, law enforcement, medical, probation-parole or in-home providers, all have a valuable role with children. Working together, we can come up with better solutions and better outcomes for the children than we do working on individual goals," he said. "Collaborations mean better outcomes."

Nation commended the local organizers for the strong turnout and wished the group luck in getting a DEC program started in Hamilton County.



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