JUVENILE HOME: Lawmakers To Hear From Former Workers
Six days after they were laid off by the Branstad administration, some of the now former employees of the Iowa Juvenile Home will testify before lawmakers Wednesday.
The Toledo youth home was shut down for good on January 16th and all 96 employees were laid off.
The Department of Human Services made the decision to close the home after an investigation showed teenage girls were spending months in isolation rooms.
Lawmakers are seeking answers into what went wrong at the facility and why it was abruptly closed.
A group of state lawmakers and the head of the employees’ union are suing the Branstad administration to re-open the facility.
They say the governor doesn’t have the legal authority to shut down the facility after already approving funding for it.