Waterloo, Iowa—LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) has hired Jan Pratt as director of integrated health home services, a new position providing programmatic, fiscal and administrative oversight to a mental health program for children in Black Hawk and Grundy counties.
Pediatric Integrated Health Home (PIHH) is an initiative for children living with serious emotional disturbances, who often face multiple barriers when trying to get the health care they need. PIHH seeks to overcome these challenges by providing coordinated behavioral and physical health services.
“We are pleased to have Jan overseeing this program. She has extensive experience in child welfare services and a great reputation in the community for helping kids and families succeed,” says Cheryl Plank, vice president of programs and services. “We are excited to see her assume a key leadership role in this new line of mental health services for Iowa kids.”
LSI was approved by Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa to provide PIHH services for children in Grundy and Black Hawk Counties beginning April 1, 2014.
As director of PIHH, Pratt will oversee the hiring and development of care teams to work with children with serious emotional disturbances. Other areas of care will include using data to oversee and intervene in the whole health care of members, working with community services and supports to address member and family needs and arranging transitional care.
Pratt first joined LSI in 2012 as coordinator for LSI’s Parent Partner program, which helps build stability for families in the Waterloo area and neighboring counties.
Prior to her work at LSI, she held several positions in a 35-year career with Iowa’s Department of Human Services, including positions in case management, foster home licensing, social work, child abuse assessment and programming. At the time of her retirement in 2011, she was a social work administrator over 27 counties in northeast Iowa.