Joint Protocol for Addressing and Evaluating

Substance Use / Misuse issues in Child Abuse Cases


The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), as directed in the 2008 house file 2310,  have worked together to develop a protocol for working with families in the child welfare system where child abuse has been wholly or partially caused by substance misuse, abuse or dependence by a child’s parent, guardian or caretaker. The documents and protocols found on this page have been identified as useful tools and interventions when working with these families.




Legislative Reports





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