County Juvenile Detention/Shelter Approval

Department of Human Services


Certification of approval to provide emergency juvenile shelter care or detention for children. \\”Shelter care\\” means the temporary care of a child in a physically unrestricting facility at any time between a child\\’s initial contact with juvenile authorities and the final judicial disposition of the child\\’s case. \\”Detention\\” means the temporary care of a child in a physically restricting facility designed to ensure the continued custody of the child between the child\\’s initial contact with the juvenile authorities and the final disposition of the child\\’s case.

Code Citation IC 232 & 441 IAC 105

Who Applies Any eligible entity wishing to operate an emergency juvenile shelter or detention facility.

When To Apply There is no deadline to apply.

Initial Requirements The Department of Inspections and Appeals will conduct an onsite evaluation. A criminal record check, child abuse check, reference check and medical exam are required.

Duration One year from the date of issuance.

Processing Time Within 120 days of application.

Fee Structure No fees.

Renewal Requirements Applications for renewal are required to be made at least 30 days, but no more than 90 days, prior to expiration of the approval. Renewal decisions are made in the same manner as an application. Renewal decisions should be made within 60 days from the application for renewal.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information None.

Services Provided

Service Category

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Contact Information
Carol Gerleman
Hoover State Office Building, B-Level
1305 East Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319