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ODCP Mission

The mission of ODCP is to serve as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.

Drug Endangered Children

Contact Susie Sher at 515-725-0308 for questions about Drug Endangered Children


Iowa's children will grow up in drug-free homes.


To empower communities to break the cycle of drug abuse in familes by providing the tools, technical assistance, and training that allow for a collaborative response that ensures the saftey of children.


DEC Information

2014 Iowa DEC Conference

The 2014 Iowa DEC Conference will be held Monday, April 7th, 2014 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, IA.


*CEUs will be available. This conference has been approved for:

*6.75 CEUs by the Iowa Board of Certification: Category A
*.69 CEUs by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. There is a $12 fee for nursing CEUs for non-UnityPoint Health employees
*6 CEUs for foster parents - For Foster Parent CEU credit, please attend Breakout Sessions 1C or 1D and 2B or 2D
*3 CLE hours
*EMS CEHs - Opening Plenary approved for 1.25 CEH, Breakouts and Closing Plenary approved for 1.5 CEH each.

*Speaker presentations and handouts will be available online for printing as they become available. Please print your own copy to bring the day of the conference.

Morning Plenary - Pharmageddon - Linda Kalin


1A: Differential Response - Julie Allison & Mike McInroy

1B: Drug Identification Overview - Sean McCullough, SAC

1C: Trauma Informed Care in the Educational Setting - Lynda O'Meara, M.Ed & Randi Oleson, M.Ed

1D: An Overview of Brian Anatomy & Development - Dr. Richard Newkirk (will be provided on-site)

2A: Law Enforcement Removals - Nuts & Bolts - Scott Nicholson JD

2B: Keeping Up With New Synthetic Drugs: A Perpetual Game of Whack-a-Mole - Linda Kalin

2C: Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment - Nicolas Taylor, Ph.D., CAC III

2D: Brains, Substances, and How We Parent - Dr. Richard Newkirk (will be provided on-site)

Afternoon Plenary - "Why Don't They Just Quit?" Substance Abuse Case Management in Child Welfare - Nicolas Taylor, Ph.D., CAC III

2014 Conference Agenda

2014 Speaker Bios

2014 Session Descriptions

Vendor Letter and Form

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Prairie Meadows Link

2015 Iowa DEC Conference

Save the date! The 2015 Iowa DEC Conference will be held Monday, March 30th, 2015 at Prairie Meadows!

If you intereseted in presenting, please see the information below.

Speaker Letter - for 2015

Workshop Proposal - for 2015

CORE DEC Training

Core DEC Training, which was developed by the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, is available in Iowa. To learn more about this free training, which is designed to help you begin or enhance local DEC efforts, please contact Susie Sher at 515-725-0308 or Contact us to learn more about training in your area.