The Child Welfare Decategorization Program, August 2010

(2010) The Child Welfare Decategorization Program, August 2010. Human Services, Department of (Health and Human Services, Department of)


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This Handbook is designed to outline the purposes, goals, structure, and operational procedures for Iowa’s Child Welfare Decategorization Program. The Handbook incorporates experiences gained since the inception of Decategorization in 1987. As with any initiative that began on a pilot basis, Decategorization has been an evolving program in which parameters and procedures have undergone modifications to achieve the desired results. The Handbook serves as a guidebook for implementation and operation of Decategorization and a means of communicating information on program parameters and procedures. Purposes of Decategorization of child welfare and juvenile justice funding is an initiative intended to establish systems of delivering human services based upon client needs to replace systems based upon a multitude of categorical funding programs and funding sources, each with different service definitions and eligibility requirements. Decategorization is designed to redirect child welfare and juvenile justice funding to services which are more preventive, family centered, and community-based in order to reduce use of restrictive approaches that rely on institutional, out-of home, and out-of-community care.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Child and Family Services, DHS, Child Welfare,
Subjects: Social issues and programs > Civil and human rights
Health and medicine > Healthcare
Social issues and programs
Social issues and programs > Family
ID Code: 12827
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2012 14:39
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 14:39