FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY (FaDSS) COUNCIL
June 18, 2003
Indian Hills Community College – Advanced Technology Building – Ottumwa, Iowa
Mission: Improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family
instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency
Council Members in Attendance:
Deb Bingaman, Chairperson – Human Services Jeanne Warning for Billie Marchik – I.S.U.
Bill Brand – Human Rights Stephanie Stebens – Citizen Member
Judy Naber – Public Health Lynn Peterson – Business Rep.
Tom Rendon for Penny Milburn - Education Howard Barnes – UNI
Dale Saunders – Citizen Member
Council Members Absent:
Billie Marchik – University of Iowa Jim Meek – ISU
Jose’Barrigan – Business Representative Heather Davidson – Human Services
Jane Schockemoehl – Workforce Development Penny Milburn - Education
Lorie McCormick – Human Rights Tim Fitzpatrick – Human Rights
Marcia Thompson – Human Rights Janet Gartin – Human Rights
Judy Songer – SIEDA Randy Knudson – Four Oaks
Barb Kellogg – North Iowa Billie Allen – Williams – Operation Threshold
Brenda Thompson – Operation Threshold Kim Smith – Operation Threshold
Heather Thomson – Operation threshold Barb Ernst – Four Oaks/HACAP
Tina Smith – Four Oaks/HACAP Janet Schiebel – Four Oaks/HACAP
Jenny Hahn – Four Oaks/HACAP Kerri Newman – Four Oaks/Dubuque
Jenny Meyer – Four Oaks/Dubuque Danielle Leeser – Four Oaks/Dubuque
Julie Weber-Davis – Four Oaks DeAnn Barnhill – Dept of Human Services
John Reinhardt – FEC – Polk Co. Jere Blocker – FEC – Polk Co.
Doug Stodgel – FEC – Polk Co. Jill Prall – FEC – Polk Co.
Wendy Ryan – YWCA Kristie Houdek – YWCA
Holly Lowell – YWCA Linda Duncan – YWCA
Annetta Kline – SCICAP Amity Waldron – SCICAP
Darcy Johnson-Jamieson – SCICAP Barb Bailey – SCICAP
Molly Gaa – United Action for Youth Carlen Everett – Cornerstone
Roberta Fuchs – Cornerstone Brenda Steffen – Cornerstone
Penny Galvin – Cornerstone Andrea Gotta – MICA
Mandi Goretska – MICA Phyllis Runnells – SIEDA
Jasie Not – MICA Brianne Stuchel – MICA
Debra Heil – MICA C. Richard Stockner – MICA
Elizabeth Lemp- MICA Jodi Sager – MICA
Jeanie Running – YSS Carolyn Dixon – YSS
Elizbeth Osting – YSS Cathy Miller – YSS
Bob Anastasi – WCDC Jere Probert – NEICAC
Alisa Dincheau – Upper DSM Abby Taylor Upper DSM
Jamie Cody – Upper DSM Nicole Jones – Upper DSM
Kristie Davidson – MATURA Patricia J. West – MATURA
Mozella Stokes – IEC TRAIN Lisa Raeke – IEC TRAIN
Marlo Moret – IEC TRAIN Roxanna Claude – IEC TRAIN
Jan Slaughter – IEC TRAIN Helen jBenker-Hovonick – IEC TRAIN
Kate Keith – SIEDA Dianna Davis-Doud – SIEDA
Anne Erwin – SIEDA Chris Jones – Woodbury County
Joe Cooke – Woodbury County Joan Butts – Woodbury County
Stephanie Steben’s Mother Stephanie Steben’s Grandmother
Ms. Bingaman called the meeting to order at 11:10
II. FaDSS Web Site Tour – Tim Fitzpatrick
Web site address is WWW.IowaFaDSS.org
First page gives description and philosophy of the FaDSS program
Outcomes link – Includes FaDSS Annual Report (formatted in Microsoft Word and
PDF), Leadership Agenda, Outcomes, & Overall Program Goals
Big Book Section – Basic FaDSS Policy Manual, Forms and Instructions
PROMISE Jobs Manual – There is a direct link to the DHS web-site to the DHS
Council link – Names of FaDSS Council members, Council By-Laws, most recent
approved Council Minutes, & FaDSS Council Agenda
Will be adding Resources with links, upcoming training sessions, FaDSS
Coordinators with e-mail addresses;
News and Events – Will list job openings for Family Development Specialist, Family
Development Coordinators etc.
Grantees – Lists all the grantees and addresses and map of the state.
Best Practices – Will be starting soon.
Advocacy – Will be starting soon
Chat Room – Instructions have just been sent out. Can be used between
coordinators and specialist who have access to the chat room. The pass word
was sent out in the e-mail message.
Questions can be sent to Tim Fitzpatrick via phone, letter, or e-mail.
Introductions were made
Newest Citizen Council member, Doug Saunders was introduced
Jane Schockemoehl and Heather Davidson were to participate in the Council
meeting via conference phone hook-up. Mr. Fitzpatrick could not get the
system to work.
IV. Interactive Icebreaker Activity
Group divided up and combined Council Members with Grantee groups to
i. Introductions and explanation of your relationship to the FaDSS program.
ii. Share what you like best about the FaDSS program.
iii. Share what has been your greatest challenge in the FaDSS program.
V. Approval of March 13, 2003, FaDSS Council Minutes
Stephanie Stebens moved that the minutes of the March 13, 2003, FaDSS Council
meeting be approved. Ms. Peterson seconded the motion.
All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
VI. Report from the Iowa Family Development Alliance – Barb Kellogg
Thanked the IFDA Planning Committee and SIEDA for their hard work on organizing the
retreat and the Department of Human Rights for their financial assistance for the retreat.
Congratulated PJ West and Tim Fitzpatrick for their new family members.
VII. FaDSS Council Schedule for 2003-2004 – Janet Gartin
Proposed FaDSS Council Meetings would be held in September & November, 2003,
and March, May and June of 2004.
All aforementioned proposed FaDSS Council meetings would be held at the
Adventureland Inn in Altoona, Iowa
Ms. Warning moved that the FaDSS Council Meetings be held in September and
November of 2003 and March, May and June of 2004. Ms. Peterson seconded the
All Council Members present voted aye. The motion carried.
VIII. 3 Party Funds Review – Janet Gartin
In November of 2001, because of budget reductions, use of FaDSS funds for third party
expenses was eliminated. (Third party funds are support groups or direct assistance to
Staff believed it was time for the Council to look at allowing grantees to use a small
portion of their FaDSS funds for third party expenses if they so chose to.
This is important to an informal network of support. If a family is going to successfully
move from welfare to work they must have an informal system of support.
This would not affect caseloads or the number of families served.
Budgets would still have to be approved by state staff and it would be monitored closely.
Grantee’s budget detail would outline how 3rd party funds would be used.
Grantees stated in the past they used the 3rd party funds for things that no other program
could help with such as medicated formula, an air purifier for an ill child, an emergency
car repair, etc.
Grantees stated they thought it was an excellent idea to restore the 3rd party funds.
State staff does have guidelines (Do’s and don’ts of third party funds, what is allowable
and what isn’t allowable.)
State staff will e-mail the guidelines to the FaDSS Council and grantees.
Dr. Barnes moved to make 3 party funds available for grantees under the condition
that state staff inform grantees about allowable expenses and uses of the funds. Ms.
Stebens seconded the motion.
All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
IX. Staff Reports and Updates
A. Code of Ethics Training – Janet Gartin
May 15, state staff provided a “Train the Trainer” training attended by all grantees
at which time the Code of Ethics was reviewed in great detail.
Attendees signed the Code of Ethics at the training.
A format was provided to them to replicate at the regional level to provide the
Code of Ethics training to all of the specialist across the state.
Material was provided for those trainings - trainings will be done this summer -
state staff will be available at those trainings as a resource person.
The Code of Ethics will be on the web site at a future date.
B. Soft Skills Training – Lorie McCormick
On May 1, PROMISE Jobs Life Skills and FaDSS did a joint training on Soft-Skills,
The Nature of Work.
67 DHS, WFD, and FaDSS workers attended the training.
17 out of 18 FaDSS grantees were represented and will go back to their agencies
and training their staff on the knowledges learned at the training.
Attendees included Life Skills, PROMISE Jobs case managers, and FaDSS
Specialist and Coordinators.
The evaluations were positive and great interactions happened.
They hope to hold another training with the diverse group.
The LifeSkills program is a component of PROMISE Jobs. Participants must write
a Family Investment Agreement or contract between them and the State of Iowa
on how they are going to become self-sufficient and move on and no longer
receive FIP. One of the components that can be put in the FIA is the LifeSkills
component. It is a classroom type of setting where they come in and study a
LifeSkills curriculum. Soft skills are now put into the LifeSkills curriculum. Soft
Skills are things like how to get to work on time, how to get along with employees,
employers and co-workers, how to handle those conflicts that are not in your job
C. Training and Technical Assistance Grant – Janet Gartin
DCAA wrote a grant to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for Training
and Technical Assistance throughout the state for a number of workshops.
In April and May staff provided workshops on Transitioning Families from Welfare
On July 17 they will be offering another Strength-Based Workshop. They are
fee and travel stipends are available in some cases.
Participation has been from diverse agencies.
They will be completing a final report to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human
Services in September.
They have not yet learned if this type of funding is available for next year. They
would like to be able to have some type of training next year.
D. Training Committee Report – Lorie McCormick
The Training Committee is suggesting that the National Resource Center’s
curriculum be extended through September of 2003.
The Training Committee will be meeting towards the end of July to review the
Currently the curriculum must be reviewed by the Training Committee and
approved by the FaDSS Council every three years.
Ms. Peterson moved that the National Resource Center Curriculum approval be
extended through September of 2003. Mr. Brand seconded the motion.
All Council members present voted aye. The motion carried.
The Training Committee also discussed a “Code of Ethics for the FaDSS
Council” as per the discussion during the March FaDSS Council meeting.
Dr. Barnes didn’t know if it was correct for the Training Committee to be
looking at a group of ethical guidelines for the FaDSS Council. There are
state laws in place that govern behavior on the Council and administratively, if
you have an ethics charge, where is it going to go? Since everyone on the
Council is appointed, if there was inappropriate behavior, they would be
administratively removed from the Council or action taken through currently
existing state laws or administrative channels.
The Council does have a set of by-laws.
If any grantee has an issue with any Council member, they should bring it to
the attention of the Council or Council Chairperson.
It was felt that the Training Committee drop the idea of a Code of Ethics for
the FaDSS Council.
X. Other Updates and Announcements
ISU Extension Cooperative Services and the University of Northern Iowa are collaborating and
there will be a two part satellite series on cultural differences in parenting. It will be
downloaded at various sites throughout the state on October 23 and November 13. The basic
format will be a three hour format in the afternoon with an initial getting people acquainted with
one another at the site and then a two hour downlink via satellite from Iowa State followed by a
half hour follow up for a three hour session in total. Check with your county Extension Office.
DHS budget is status quo.
There will be no Emergency Assistance program.
There are two new small amounts of funding. One for Marriage and one for Fatherhood. All
language has been vetoed. Advisory Groups are being set up for the Fatherhood initiative to
On Marriage Deb is thinking about using the money to contract with an organization to hold
focus groups around the state to talk about what Iowans want to do around marriage. The data
is that children have good outcomes when both parents are positively involved in their lives.
Rather than someone running a program deciding to do something, she thinks we need to
have a state plan written by the citizens of Iowa on what they think about marriage and what
they think is important and what they think the governments role is. Watch and listen for more
information. The report is due to the Governor and Legislature on January 1, 2004.
The meeting adjourned at 12:50. Mr. Brand thanked IFDA for their hospitality and welcoming the
Council to Conference. He also thanked the committee who put the whole thing together.
The next Council meeting will be held at Adventureland Inn in Altoona, Iowa on September 18, 2003.