Charting an Interdisciplinary Path Toward Better Outcomes for Children and Families: Using Case Studies to Inspire Collaboration

Session Description: This session will highlight cases where substance abuse has influenced child maltreatment and share how teams in the Iowa HHS Division of Family Wellbeing and Protection work to support positive outcomes for parents and children. Speakers will supply a call to action for increased collaboration with community partners to reduce poor outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the impact of substance use and abuse on children and families from the perspective of child protective services.
  • Highlight current actions taken by the Family Wellbeing and Protection prevention and intervention teams and strategies through case studies.
  • Discuss opportunities for collaboration across sectors from prevention through intervention.

Lori Frick, MA, LMHC
Child Protective Services Director, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services
Lori Frick has a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Loras College. Lori has spent her entire career working in human services in both the private and public sectors. She believes that children need to reside safely WITH their families, not from them, when possible. Child welfare work is her passion, and she strives for excellence within CPS at HHS.







Shelley Horak, EdD, MPH, CHES
She/Her/Hers
Director of Early Intervention and Support, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Shelley Horak is the Director of Early Intervention and Support for the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. She also serves as Assistant Professor at Des Moines University and Adjunct Professor at Simpson College. She holds a Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University and a master’s degree in public health from Des Moines University. Dr. Horak is committed to exploring solutions to the complex problems facing children and families.