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NRC In-Home Services

NRC In-Home Services

The National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRC In-Home) was a project of the NRC-FCP in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and ICF International which provided child welfare expertise on services designed to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in their homes, prevent their initial placement or re-entry into foster care, and preserve, support and stabilize their families.

Human Services Workforce

Family Support Workforce Study

A statewide study of Iowa’s family support workforce is currently underway which seeks to gain a greater understanding of the family support workforce and its organizational contexts, to assess changes in the workforce and the impact of supervision training, and to measure the relationship between workforce issues and family support outcomes. 

Partners United for Supportive Housing

Supportive Housing Evaluation

The NRCFCP is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR), Iowa’s first supportive housing project designed specifically for homeless/unstably housed families who are also involved with the child welfare system.

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DMC Resource Center

The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Resource Center serves to reduce the disproportionality and over-representation of minority youth and children in the juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems by providing evaluation, data analysis, training and technical assistance to the organizations and agencies that work with these youth.

Engaging Families with iPad Technology

Engaging Home Visitation Families with iPad Technology

The NRC-FCP conducted research on the ability of iPad technology to increase family engagement during home visitation. Results were used to develop a webinar for home visiting professionals to learn about best practices in tablet technology use to increase family engagement.

Recent News

Peer Workforce Collaborative Featured in State Newsletter

Monday, April 25, 2022
The NRCFCP's Peer Workforce Collaborative project was featured  in the Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) April 2022 Newsletter. The Peer Workforce Collaborative is a five-year grant with the goal of recruiting, screening, and training Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Peer Coaches in the state of Iowa. To qualify for training through the IPWC, a Peer must have lived experience with serious mental illness and be living  in recovery or for Peer Recovery Coach training, a peer must have lived experience of a substance use disorder and be living  in recovery. Training as a Peer Support Specialist consists of five days of training, provided by IPWC, to peers who meet the training criteria. A six-hour Ethics for Peer Support Specialists is also provided as a separate training. The Recovery Peer Coach training is provided by Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and is a 1-week, 30-hour online training. All training provided by IPWC is free to Peers in Iowa through our grant. For more information about the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative, please visit : https://www.iowa peersupporttraining.org/.

Research Staff Presents at Nutrition Incentive Hub Convening

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
NRCFCP staff Anne Abbott and Renee Ling presented at the 2022 Nutrition Incentive Hub National Convening on Wednesday January 19, 2022. Their presentation covered lessons learned from the NRCFCP's longstanding partnership with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative's Double Up Food Bucks program. The presentation was a part of a panel discussion titled Demonstrating Impact: Getting the Most Out of Evaluation Efforts. Ms. Abbott is the Program Director for Public Health Evaluation at the NRCFCP and Ms. Ling is a Research Associate detailed to many of the center's evaluation and research projects.

NRCFCP Training Division Awarded $3M to Support Mental Health Peer Support in Iowa

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The University of Iowa National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) at the School of Social Work, and the UI Department of Pediatrics Division of Child and Community Health, in partnership with Life Connections Peer Recovery Services of DeWitt, Iowa, have been awarded funding from the State of Iowa to support the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative—a project that will provide comprehensive training and coordination for the state’s Peer Support Specialists, Family Peer Support Specialists, and Recovery Peer Coaches and the organizations that employ them. The project aims to develop and support a skilled peer workforce to help address the mental health needs of Iowa residents, and to promote expanded employment opportunities for peers across the state.