Fall 2019 CPPC Statewide Learning Convening

Wednesday, November 06 2019 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM [CST]

4800, Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA, 50322, United States

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Wednesday, November 06 2019 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM [CST]

Holiday Inn and Suites NW, 4800, Urbandale, IA, 50322, United States.

The Fall 2019 CPPC Statewide Learning Network Convening will focus on educating and leading CPPC sites in identifying new ways to support families in their communities that are experiencing substance use treatment and recovery. Featuring keynote speaker Russ Bermejo with Children and Family Futures, Mr. Bermejo will share emerging national perspectives on the intersection of child welfare practice and substance use, as well as collaborative models of intervention and recovery.

Attendees will hear perspectives from local professionals in the field and parents with lived experience as they discuss policy and practice happening in Iowa, as well as strategies for communities to support families in recovery.  CPPC Communities will have an opportunity to identify existing local resources and potential gaps in order to increase colloboration, reduce stigma, and help strengthen and support families in treatment and recovery.

  • Registration for this event will begin at 8:00 AM, and the event will be held from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM.
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The lunch menu will include pork. Please let us know of any special dietary needs. 
  • A block of hotel rooms are reserved at the Holiday Inn for attendees who wish to arrive the night before. 
  • To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn:

Call:  515-278-4755 or 800-HOLIDAY (800-465-4329) Click to:  www.holidayinn.com/desmoinesia and use the 3-letter code below.

Group Name:  CPPC DHS Statewide Learning

Group Code:  DHS

Reservations deadline for the room block: October 18, 2019


We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to join the conversation!


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Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a community-based approach to strengthening families, keeping children safe, and creating community connections and collaborations. Community Partnerships work to reduce negative childhood experiences, promote everyone's responsibility in protecting our children, and build safety networks. The long-term focus of Community Partnerships is to protect children by changing the culture to improve child welfare processes, practices and policies. The Community Partnership approach involves four key strategies which are implemented together to achieve desired results: Shared Decision Making, Neighborhood Networking, Individualized Course of Action, and Policy and Practice Change.

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Russ Bermejo, MSW
Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures

Russ currently serves as a Senior Program Associate with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare at Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF). In this capacity, he facilitates technical assistance regarding child welfare and substance use disorder related issues for multiple projects. He has managed the Family Drug Court Learning Academy since 2010 and currently serves as a Change Leader for the Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP) supporting state leaders with the development and successful implementation of their statewide plan to increase the scale of family treatment courts (FTCs) and/or infuse FTC practices into larger systems. Russ has worked with state leaders from Iowa since 2014 and the Territory of Guam since 2016 under the SSIP Initiative. Russ is currently the Change Leader for two grantee projects in Iowa under the Regional Partnership Grant Program. Russ also served as the Performance Management Liaison providing support to six FTCs awarded by the Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) federal grant program (2010-2014). Russ has 12 years of experience in public child welfare practice, including nearly 10 years as a Senior Social Worker with Orange County Children and Family Services. His casework primarily focused on family reunification, family maintenance, or permanency planning. Russ has extensive experience in working with children and families involved in the juvenile dependency court system. Prior to joining CCFF, he served in the Philippines as an Aftercare Fellow for International Justice Mission, where he worked on numerous aftercare projects focused on rescue and protection, reintegration economic self-sufficiency, and community stakeholder training. Russ earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters in Social Work, from California State University, San Bernardino.


About Russ Bermejo, MSW

Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures