The Children At-Risk Planning Council was formed in March 1990 in Des Moines, Iowa, under the auspices of the United Way of Central Iowa. The mission of the Council is to integrate human services planning, provide for the exchange of information, and develop common goals and strategies to address the needs of children and youth in the community who are at high risk. The Council - in conjunction with the United Way of Central Iowa, Community Focus, Inc., and the New Horizons Program of the Des Moines Public Schools - were awarded Department of Education funds to develop school-based youth services. The SUCCESS Program began operation in July 1990 at Moulton Elementary, Harding Middle, and North High Schools. SUCCESS uses interagency collaboration to implement a case management model and access a range of educational, health, substance abuse prevention, mental health, and employment services for young children, adolescents, and families in need.
As of the 1992-1993 school year, Des Moines Public Schools initiated the Success by Six Initiative. This initiative will work with SUCCESS Family Resource Centers to provide case management services to families of young children. Families receiving case management services will receive intensive assessment of need, identification of personal goals, coordination of services, advocacy in accessing services, and follow-up. Family support services to be provided include: maternal and child health care; nutrition counseling; parent education in areas such as child development and positive discipline; Head Start programming; crisis intervention; substance abuse counseling; and job training and placement assistance.
Posted on March 23, 1995