Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Council
November 12, 2009
Polk County Building – 2309 Euclid Avenue – 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 Present:
Stephanie Stebens – Citizen Member – Chairperson Lynn Jansen - Business Rep.
Anna Bell – Citizen Rep. LaToya Tyler – Citizen Rep.
Billie Marchik – U of I Bill Brand - DHR
Marion Kresse for Tom Rendon - Dept. of Educ. Donna DeShaw – Business Rep.
Lori Adams – Workforce Dev. Arrived 11:15 Zebulon Beike-McCallum – Domestic Violence
Carol Stratemeyer for Ann Wiebers – DHS
Council Members Absent:
Jeanne Warning - ISU Senator Nancy Boettger – Ex Officio
Representative Phyllis Thede – Ex Officio Michael Fleming – UNI
Gretchen Hageman Senator Becky Schmitz – Ex-Officio
Vickie McInroy – DHS Tim Fitzpatrick – DHR
Marcia Thompson – DHR Lorie – Easter – DHR
Vickie Sible – Eastern Iowa Molly Cumming – West Central P. J. West – MATURA
Kristie Davidson – MATURA Sarah deNeui – YWCA Deborah Arringdale – YSS
Cathie Page – FRC Jeanie Running – FRC Shelia Paul – YSS
John Herring – Southeast IA Judy Songer – SIEDA Diana Duitsman – O. Threshold
Billie Allen-Williams – O. Threshold Mindy Dolan – Operation Threshold Amy Goerdt – YSS
Beth Moore – YSS Lana Ross – ICAA Doug Stodgel – FRC
Nicole Jones – UDMO Debra Halverson – MICA Sandy Rayhons – North Iowa
Bambi Urich – North Iowa Marcia Blize – FRC
1. Introductions and Grantee Updates – Stephanie Stebens
Ms. Stebens called the meeting to order at 11:10
Roll call was taken
Quorum was established
2. Approval of September 17, 2009, Council Minutes – Stephanie Stebens
Ms. Stebens asked for any additions or corrections to the minutes – There were none.
MOTION: Mr. Brand moved that the minutes be approved as submitted. Ms. Bell seconded the
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
3. Report from the Iowa Family Development Alliance – Doug Stodgel
Legislative committee is submitting a letter to the Governor about the 10% cut in FaDSS funding.
Letter was sent to Jack Hatch asking for the restoration of the FaDSS funding.
Starting planning the 2010 FaDSS Retreat which is scheduled for 9/9 & 10/10, considering making
some changes due to budgets
Preparing for the Day on the Hill which will be held on January 12, 2010.
4. FY 2010 Funding Update – ATB Reductions – Bill Brand
FaDSS Fact sheet was distributed
Fact sheet was reviewed, showing the 10% budget cut and the impact on the FaDSS program.
The FaDSS funds come from both federal and state funds through the Department of Human Services.
The Department of Human Services included a 10% cut to the FaDSS program. It does not cut the
state appropriation but does cut the federal TANF appropriation by 10% which is equal to about
Plans were submitted to the Governor on 10/21/09 from all state departments. On October 28, 2009,
the Governor made his official announcement of acceptance of Departmental plans and restoration of
funding to some of the cuts that were proposed. The programs the Governor restored were explained
as wanting to protect vital services to families and children, public safety, law enforcement, and also to
try to protect funding for supporting job creation. About 16 million dollars worth of programs were
restored. FaDSS was not one of them.
This cut means a potential of FaDSS services lost to 158 families or 300 individuals, a reduction of 7 to
9 front line staff and a reduction of 1 to 2 supervisors. Since these cuts won’t be implemented till after
December, we are almost half way through the program year, that 10% cut is much more significant,
more like a 15 to 20% cut in reality. The numbers could be greater than the numbers shown.
A conference call was held with the Department of Human Rights, various grantees, staff, and Council
members on November 3. Fifty two or more people participated in the conference call. The FaDSS
reductions were discussed.
o Ideas expressed on the phone were: to take a look at the number of grantees; methods to use
technology to reduce costs of the program; elimination of Family Development Certification as
currently required; prioritization of families for services.
o The Grant Review Committee met on November 3 and came up with some recommendations
that will be discussed later. The program administrators are looking at ways to do some things
as short term solutions to get the program running with less expense.
Letters will be sent to the grantees with their new budget amount and instructions on how to complete
the budget amendment and work program amendments. DHR hoped that the following things stay
consistent even with the cuts – Program model, philosophical approach, statewide program, don’t want
to back off on service intensity guidelines, reduced caseload requirements, allow grantees flexibility on
absorbing the cuts.
FY 2011 may be bad in regards to state budgets. Perhaps the Council should be engaged in a
discussion of the long-term future for FaDSS for maintaining a strong FaDSS program.
o Mr. Brand asked how we can be proactive and thinking ahead long-term, and figure out a way
for the program to go forward and explore what the options are.
o Grantees are finding it more and more difficult to come up with the local dollars and the co-
funding that the program requires to operate effectively. Currently local grantees are providing
around $1.2 million in local funding to operate the program as well.
o Ms. Stratemeyer stated that the budget has impacted everyone, PROMISE JOBS, Food
Programs, and everyone is trying to do more with less money at this time. They have tried to
modify procedures so that staff is able to do more with less money and time. Re. Changing
rules to add a grace period to help people try to stay on assistance rather than being removed
because of administrative time requirements and give them more time to return materials.
o Possibly set up a committee to look at future planning for the program.
o Ms. Marchik stated we need both new and old Council members and grantees so that we don’t
keep going over the same things but can focus on what has been done and why it was done
and we don’t make the same mistakes in the future.
o Ms. Janssen stated we need to be timely, not wait one or two years and draw it out. Strategic
planning takes too long.
o Mr. Brand asked how well we are telling the FaDSS story and documenting the results that
shows the value of the program to Legislators and others.
MOTION: Ms. Janssen moved that the Council establish a long-term planning committee. Ms.
Marchik seconded the motion.
DISCUSSION: Ms. Stebens asked for comments. There were none.
VOTE: All Council members voted aye. The motion carried.
Billie Marchik, Zeb Beike-McCallum, Anna Bell, LaToya Tyler, Donna DeShaw, and Lynn Janssen,
volunteered to serve on the Long-Term Planning Committee. Grantees will be sent an e-mail to
determine who would like to serve on this Committee. A meeting will be arranged in December.
5. FY 2011-2013 Grant Application – Tim Fitzpatrick and Anna Bell
Copies of the Grant Review Committee Minutes and Recommendations were distributed.
FaDSS grant applications are due every three years.
Changes were implemented regarding the service intensity program that was approved on 7/1/09.
Some of the code language was incorporated into the application.
The Committee is recommending that tracking of continuing education units for FDC will not be
required for the period of time from 7/1/10 through 6/30/11. CEU’s will again be tracked beginning
We are asking that grantees describe how families are prioritized when there is a waiting list and how
are the families placed on the waiting list handled while on the waiting list – what referrals or services
are provided to them?
Other changes to the application were discussed.
MOTION: Anna Bell stated that the Grant Review Committee recommend that the current FaDSS
standard requiring ten continuing education units (CEU’s) per year for specialist and
supervisors, approved by the Council be delayed beginning 12/1/09 and ending 6/30/11. And
that the grant application be presented and approved by the FaDSS Council. Mr. Beike-
McCallum seconded the motion. There was no discussion.
VOTE: All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
6. FaDSS Administrative Rules – Bill Brand
The Commission on Community Action Agencies took action on the administrative rules at its meeting
on November 6 .
They asked the FaDSS Council about the at-risk criteria list in the Administrative rules on a household
containing 3 or more children and the FaDSS Council discussed that at the September meeting. The
Commissions feeling was that the particular factor be eliminated.
The rules will now be formally filed.
7. Staff Reports and Updates – Lorie Easter and Tim Fitzpatrick
Mr. Fitzpatrick distributed the capacity report. The average capacity is currently at 106.7%.
Capacity has been reduced because caseloads were reduced.
All state programs and non-profits are suffering with budget cuts.
The ECI Council meeting is going to be held on 12/8/09 from 9 to 12.
The Early Childhood Iowa Congress which was to be held on 02/2 & 3/10 at the Airport Holiday
Inn. – They have not yet determined whether or not the conference will be held. Their Day on
the Hill is scheduled for March 11 , 2010 and it is still being planned.
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa may be changed to a one day conference.
Web Based System
Mr. Fitzpatrick has heard from Iowa Interactive and apparently the connection problems that
had been persistent have been resolved.
We plan on being able to move forward on the timeline as to implementation for the changes.
8. Other Updates and Announcements
There were none.
Ms. Marchik moved that the meeting adjourned. Ms. Bell seconded the motion. The meeting
adjourned at 12:20.