Magazine article Policy & Practice

Iowa Streamlines Abuse-Reporting

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Iowa Streamlines Abuse-Reporting

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Changes planned for the Iowa Department of Human Services could make reporting child abuse more efficient and more consistent and put it in line with recommendations made almost 10 years ago after a northwest Iowa girl was beaten to death.

The department announced plans to streamline the way it receives reports of suspected abuse of children and dependent adults. Under the planned system, expected to launch in July, all such reports would go through a single office in Des Moines. Currently, eight different groups handle those reports statewide.

The change could affect the Council Bluffs office slightly. The handful of employees there who work as intake specialists, who take reports of suspected abuse, would no longer do that job in Council Bluffs. They would be eligible to apply for the same position in Des Moines or for other positions with the Department of Human Services, said department spokesman Roger Munns.

The changes are part of a previously announced reorganization of the department. …

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