Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Council
September 9, 2010
Drury Inn - 5505 Mills Civic Parkway – West Des Moines, Iowa
Improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability
by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Council Members Participating:
Stephanie Stebens –Chairperson Billie Marchik – U of I
Bill Brand - DHR Tom Rendon - Dept. of Educ.
Zebulon Beike-McCallum – Domestic Violence Jeannie Warning – ISU
Ann Wiebers – DHS Donna DeSHaw – Business Rep
Michael Fleming – UNI Marcus Johnson – Public Health
Senator Becky Schmitz – Ex-Officio – Via Phone
Council Members Not Participating:
LaToya Tyler – Citizen Rep. Representative Phyllis Thede – Ex Officio
Anna Bell – Citizen Rep. Lori Adams - IWD
Senator Nancy Boettger – Ex-Officio
Tim Fitzpatrick – DHR Lorie Easter - DHR
Marcia Thompson – DHR Janet Shoeman - DHS
Mindy Dolan – Operation Threshold Diana Duitsman – Operation Threshold
Angela Orr – Operation Threshold Buffy Constant – Operation Threshold
Ann Smith – Operation Threshold Ann Smith – Operation Threshold
Leanne Spears – Operation Threshold Lisa Matthews – NEICAC
Billie Rail – NEICAC Carrie Pach – NEICAC
Kim Soukup – NEICAC Brenda Watson – SCICAP
Kristie Davidson – MATURA P J West MATURA
Annetta Kline – SCICAP Doug Stodgle – Family Resource Center
Curtis Page – FRC Jeanie Running – FRC/YSS
Beth Moore – YSS Amy Goerdt – YSS
Sheila Paul – YSS April Norte YSS
Deborah Arringdale – YSS Elizabeth Matthias – YSS
Lynda Sundell – YSS Sandy Rayhons – North Iowa
Chelsea Chisholm- North Iowa Jody Suntken – North Iowa
Julie Weber-Davis – Four Oaks Beth McClain – Four Oaks
Abbie Dorsey – Four Oaks Heidi Wall – Four Oaks
Jessica Weis – Four Oaks Mindy Clayton – MICA
Rachel Porath – MICA Kathie Kothals – Mid-Sioux
Angela Nilles – Mid-Sioux Nicole Jones – UDMO
Alisa Schlief – UDMO Amber Mercil – Four Oaks
Kelly Haymond – Four Oaks Nancy Cleary – Four Oaks
Christy Ainesworth – Four Oaks Jamie Cody – Upper DSM
Jessica Berg – UDMO Abby Vandenberg – UDMO
Chris Kaska – SIEDA Deb Harbor – SIEDA
Molly – West Central Marcia Blize – Polk County
1. INTRODUCTIONS /ROLL CALL – TIM FITZPATRICK & STEPHANIE STEBENS
Ms. Stebens called the meeting to order at 11:05
Roll call was taken
Quorum was established
2. APPROVAL OF THE MAY 20, 2010 AND JUNE 7, 2010 CONCIL MINUTES – STEPHANIE STEBENS
Ms. Stebens asked for any additions or corrections to the minutes of May 20, 2010. There
MOTION: Mr. Brand moved that the minutes be approved as submitted. Ms. DeShaw
seconded the motion.
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
Ms. Stebens asked for any additions or for corrections to the Minutes of the June 7, 2010
Council meeting. There were none.
MOTION: Mr. Beike-McCallum moved that the minutes be approved as submitted. Ms.
Wiebers seconded the motion.
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
3. IFDA Update – Doug Stodgel
Mr. Stodgel gave an overview of the Iowa Family Development Alliance.
Established by Iowa Community Action Association for networking, collaboration, sharing of
best practices and providing training for all family support staff across the state of Iowa.
IFDA meets quarterly.
IFDA Legislative Committee sets the day on the Hill and the Legislative agenda.
Cost is $60 per year and is open to any program working with low-income families.
4 IFDA Presentation – P.J. West
Ms. West has been a FaDSS Coordinator and Specialist with MATURA Action Corporation in
Creston for about 12 years.
Ms. West explained her duties as a FaDSS Specialist and gave a presentation of “A Day in
the Life of a FaDSS Specialist”
5. DHS/DHR Restructuring Updates - Ann Wiebers & Bill Brand
DHR restructuring currently in progress. Downsizing from 9 divisions to 3.
Will have a DHR Board with oversight responsibilities for the Department.
FaDSS Council remains the same except for rule making authority which now will go to the
DHR lost 13% of staff to early retirements. DCAA lost only 1 employee.
DHS had over 600 early retirements or 10% of staff. Only about ½ of the 600 positions will be
Ms. Wiebers lost 30% of her staff.
Ms. Wiebers distributed a map of the new DHS Field Offices. (Dotted counties are now less
than full time offices)
Gone from 54 full time offices to 42 full time offices.
DHS has centralized several functions which include:
o Child Care – both eligibility and payment.
o Child abuse intake
o Medicaid – centralized into western service area.
DHS is reinventing itself and will continue to reinvent itself under the national health care
reform. (This will mean adding another 80,000 adults to the Medicaid program by 1/1/14)
Caseloads are currently between 600 to 900.
They are moving away from IM workers managing cases to having a team managing cases.
New Field Offices were established on population to even the work load for the service areas.
6. FaDSS Administrative Rules Update – Bill Brand
Legislative Rules Review Committee reviewed the FaDSS rules for the final time in June or
Rules are officially in effect beginning in September. (They can be viewed on the FaDSS
web-site, under Section 1 of the Information for Grantees Section).
7. Nominations Committee – Tim Fitzpatrick
Nominations committee met in August to discuss the chair and vice chair positions.
Nomination forms were sent out. No nominations were received.
Needed to re-confirm membership of Stephanie Stebens which is done every three years.
Nominations are needed for another Business Representative to replace Lynn Jansen who
resigned from the Council to move to Wisconsin.
MOTION: Ms. Wiebers moved to retained Stephanie Stebens as the citizen member
of the FaDSS Council. Ms. DeShaw seconded the motion.
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. Ms. Stebens will remain on the
Council for an additional three year term.
Every two years an election is held to elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson of the
Ms. Stebens asked for nominations from the floor.
NOMINATION: Mr. Beike-McCallum nominated Ms. Stebens to serve as chairperson for
the next two years. Ms. Marchik seconded the nomination. Hearing no
further nominations, nominations were closed.
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. Ms. Stebens was elected
Ms. Stebens asked for nominations for Vice Chairperson from the floor.
NOMINATION: Ms. Stebens nominated Ms. DeShaw. Mr. Beike-McCallum seconded the
nomination. Hearing no further nominations, nominations were closed.
VOTE; All Council members present voted aye. Ms. DeShaw was elected vice
8. YWCA Update – Bill Brand
Mr. Brand reviewed the problems with the YWCA. .
The YWCA owed the State of Iowa some money for disallowed costs. The state ultimately
owed the YWCA money for the services they continued to provide for a time. Ultimately all of
the finances have been untangled.
There was approximately $90,000 remaining in the YWCA’s FaDSS allocation which was
reallocated to the remaining grantees. (These funds have to be expended by 9/30/10.)
9. FY ‘11 Budget and Capacity – Tim Fitzpatrick
A handout was distributed showing the 2011 funding and capacity per grantee.
Overall capacity is up by 80 slots from fiscal year 2010.
Polk County is serving a total of 9 less slots.
10. FY’10 On-Site Review Summary - Lorie Easter
A handout was provided showing a summary of the grantee strengths, standards not being
met, standard exceeded and comments.
Anyone wanting full reports should contact Lorie or Tim.
A handout on the FaDSS program standards was provided and explained.
In error, Youth and Shelter Services was left blank but it should show that all standards were
11. Staff Update – Training - Lorie Easter
The IFDA Retreat will begin at 2:00 on September 9th at the Drury Inn, Council members were
invited to participate.
Each FaDSS grantee must have a trainer for the FaDSS Code of Ethics. The trainer must be
trained by DCAA. This training is being scheduled for early October.
The Difficulty of Service Matrix requires a trainer at each grantee. This training is also
provided by DCAA. This training is being scheduled for early October.
CAPACITY – Tim Fitzpatrick
A formal report on capacity is not available at this time. It will be available in November.
Mr. Beike-McCallum moved that the meeting adjourn. Ms. Warning seconded the motion.
The meeting adjourned at 12:35.