INTEGRATED SERVICE STRATEGIES, LLC
INTEGRATION IN TRAUMA AND SUBSTANCE USE RECOVERY SINCE 2001
Barb Rindels-Rasmussen began her work as a victim service advocate in 1992, providing client services such as advocacy in domestic violence and sexual assault, crisis counseling and legal advocacy. Barb worked with Bill Downs on researching the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance use from 1997-2001 and subsequently was a co-founder of the Iowa based service integration project that ran from 2001-2018.
Megan B. Jones has her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work. She has been in the human service field since 1999, working primarily in the fields of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health. Megan is a licensed independent social worker (LISW) and certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC). She partnered with Barb and Bill in their research and service integration project in 2001.
Working on a multidisciplinary team of professionals, Barb and Megan accomplished much:
· Developed, implemented and researched a protocol to support trauma and substance use treatment centers to enhance and integrate services.
· Wrote three manuals reflecting this protocol and strategies for collaboration.
· Presented in numerous conferences and provided technical assistance at the state, national and international levels.
· Provided community organization leadership, trainings and technical assistance to 42 domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse treatment agencies in Iowa, covering 83 of its 99 counties.
· Provided targeted technical assistance that examined safety and sobriety in all levels of care, including policy and procedures.
· Conducted and participated in three research studies to understand the connection between use and trauma and how to assist agencies in providing integrated service for this population.
· Written and published 6 scholarly articles and one article for Counselor magazine.
· Was highlighted as a “Promising Practice” by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health.
· Part of the team that won the Iowa Behavioral Health Association Award for Excellence in 2014.
AS A TEAM
Photo credit Lindsey McGowan
Our Mission: to enhance safety and sobriety by improving service delivery through research, agency education, technical support and facilitating collaboration between service providers.