DEC Academy

Academy Description

The Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and ACT Missouri are pleased to announce the DEC Development Academy: Building Community Capacity to Address the Needs of Drug Endangered Children. The purpose of this academy is to support local communities in building their local alliance for drug endangered children by providing targeted and intensive technical assistance to a select group of community partners.

Benefits of Participation

DEC Development Academy participants will work with child welfare, law enforcement, and prevention experts to:

  • Gain awareness about drug endangered children and the risks they face.
  • Understand the many opportunities (often missed) to identify children living in dangerous drug environments.
  • Learn the benefits of intervening at the earliest possible point to reduce physical and psychological harm to children.
  • Learn what a multidisciplinary collaborative response looks like and how it incorporates the unique resources within a community and applies them in a manner that provides better care for drug endangered children.
  • Develop an increased understanding of, and increased capacity to implement the DEC Approach.


Participants shall be nominated by the IA Drug Endangered Children Alliance and/or Iowa Department of Public Health. Eligible participants must also:

  • Complete the DEC Academy Team Registration form (online form).
  • Sign a letter of commitment agreeing to their full participation in the academy.

Nomination and Selection Process

The IA Drug Endangered Children Alliance and Iowa Department of Public Health may nominate eight eligible communities/counties to participate in the DEC Development Academy (two to three individuals per community). Following nomination, participants will be asked to complete the DEC Academy Team Registration form to capture basic information about their team and community. The Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center will follow up with participants within 2-weeks of receiving the completed form to discuss next steps. Each participant will be asked to sign a letter of commitment that clearly articulates the goals, expectations, and academy requirements.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dave Closson ( or Kristin Huisenga (

Academy Schedule

  • Team Registration
    • Open from August 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021
  • Letters of Commitment
    • Due by September 17, 2021
  • Orientation
    • Virtual | September 21, from 1-2 pm CT
  • Online Training (self-paced)
  • Core Drug Endangered Children Awareness Training
    • Virtual | October 12, from 1-2:30 pm CT
  • Capitalize on Your Capacity
    • Virtual | November 17, from 1-3:00 pm CT
  • Growing Your Collaboration
    • Virtual | December 14, from 1-2:30 pm CT
  • DEC Approach Training
    • Virtual | January 11, from 1-4:00 pm CT
    • Virtual | January 18, from 1-4:00 pm CT
  • DEC Development Workshop
    • Virtual | February 15, from 1-2:30 pm CT