Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Conference

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Monday, March 30, 2015  

The Meadows Convention Center, Altoona, Iowa

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Drug Endangered Children (DEC) are part of a very large and growing population of children whose lives have been seriously and negatively impacted by parental or caregiver drug abuse. Hundreds of children across Iowa go unnoticed and do not receive the necessary intervention and care to heal from these abusive environments. The purpose of this conference is to provide best practices in identifying and caring for drug endangered children.

Intended Audience:

This conference is intended for professionals who work with drug endangered children and their families including those from law enforcement, human services, prosecution, health care, mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, child development, and education.

Conference Objectives:

At the completion of this program, the participant should be able to: 

  • Describe the structural and functional changes that occur in the developing fetal brain when a woman uses drugs and alcohol during pregnancy.
  • Identify the relevant, current national drug trends including the growing trend of synthetic drug abuse.

Continuing Education:

Approved for 0.72 CEUs by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. There is a $12 fee for nursing CEUs for non-UnityPoint Health employees.

Approved for 6.5 CEUs by the Iowa Board of Certification: Category A.

Approved for 6.0 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours.

Approval is pending for Foster Parent In-Service Hours. Approved continuing education will be posted to the website www.iowa.gov/odcp/programs/dec.html as received.

This program meets the requirements for approval of CEU credits by the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners, the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and the Iowa Board of Psychology Examiners. Sign-in sheets will be available.

Conference Agenda:

8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15 a.m.

The DEC Approach: Taking Action...Changing Trajectories

Stacee Read, BA, MSW, and Sergeant Courtney Pero 

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



Breakout Session 1 (select one)

A. Today's Drug Trends: Has the threat increased?

B. Early Experiences Matter