National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children

Core DEC Awareness: Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach

Publication Date: Jul 09, 2019

Through a partnership with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) and Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Community Partnerships of the Ozarks and the Compass Health Network, we are pleased to offer the Core DEC Awareness Training in Springfield and Columbia, Missouri!


Core DEC Awareness - Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach

Who Should Attend: Child Welfare, Law Enforcement, District Attorneys, Probation/Parole, Treatment, Ongoing Service Providers, Education, Fire, EMS, Judges, Community members, and other First Responders who have a job which impacts children and families.

You will gain awareness about drug endangered children and the risks they face and understand the many opportunities (often missed) to identify children living in dangerous drug environments. Learn the benefits of intervention 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.

Register today while seats are available!


Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development

Stacee has spent nearly 20 years working in the child welfare field, gaining insight and experience on a variety of key child welfare issues. Before working for National DEC, Stacee’s previous positions included the Associate Ombudsman position with the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman and the Child Protection Safety Specialist for the Colorado Department of Human Services and Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator.  Stacee participated on the Fatality Review Team and was a key member on the Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, the Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team, and the CDHS Prone Restraint Workgroup. 

Stacee started working for National DEC in November 2011 as the Director of DEC Network Development.  She is responsible for the development and oversight of State and Tribal DEC Alliances, and she provides technical assistance to National DEC network. Stacee is also an integral member of the training team and has participated in curriculum, online training, and publication development.

Stacee received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois focusing on Mental Health and Administration in 2002 and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on abnormal psychology and dependency behaviors in 1997. Stacee is an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado where she teaches in the Master’s Social Work Program.


Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development

Lieutenant (retired) Eric Nation began his career in law enforcement in 1994 where he has held numerous positions. From 1996-2002, Nation was assigned to an undercover narcotics unit and from 2007-2012 was assigned as the Commander of the M.I.N.E. Taskforce – Eastside.

Nation is a founding member of the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Alliance, where he worked to build collaboration across multiple disciplines and worked to create a series of DEC response protocols; he is also a member of the Iowa Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Steering Committee and was a member of the National DEC Criminal Justice Working Group. In 2009, Lieutenant Nation was honored with the “Ongoing Law Enforcement Victims Service Award” from Jasper County; in 2011, he received the National Drug Endangered Children Collaborative Leadership Award.

Nation has trained thousands of professionals across Iowa, the United States, and internationally. He has participated in the United States Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, Working Group Meeting on Law Enforcement and Children’s Exposure to Violence in Washington D.C. He has also assisted with the development of International Association of Chief of Police’s Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence project tools and deliverables. He has appeared on Court TV for Langley Productions’ documentary, Methamphetamine Labs in the Heartland, a public education piece about the hazards of methamphetamine and methamphetamine labs in the Midwest.



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