JUVENILE HOME: Closed Home Airs Grievances

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After the Disability Rights Iowa’s investigation found teenage girls had spent months in isolation rooms, the nonprofit reported its findings to the Department of Human Services, which runs the home.

On Saturday, the DRI held a meeting to allow former employees and supporters of the Toledo home speak.

DRI representatives said they maintain they only sent recommendation to the home. And when the juvenile home did not comply, they went to the media.

Advocates of the juvenile home say the DRI went public without telling the other side of the story, about the good things the home provides.

“Disability rights is at fault. Des Moines register is at fault for doing such a poor job of reporting all sides of the story," said Tama County State Rep. Dean Fisher.

"I think DHS is at fault for not doing more with the Iowa juvenile home," Fisher said.

The Executive Director of Disability Rights Iowa said the governor and the DHS are responsible for the home's closure. However she said she would not support its reopening.


  • William Denison

    I know one of the girls who was locked in a isolation rooms for months.
    She tell storys of wanting to end her life and going on hunger strikes. She was only 15. She’ll never be the same. There should be charges brought aganist those who locked up the girls in isolation rooms.

  • Marie Catlover

    William Dennison: How much did the Governor pay you to post these ridiculous accusations?? OR did you hear it from somebody who is a plant to help Iowa’s corrupt governor complete his anti-union privatization agenda stunt? IJH should NOT be closed! It should be reopened and continue on with the success stories that have come from this facility for 90+ years!! If there are problems/bad employees, you get rid of the problems – not close the whole place down! How many hospitals, nursing homes, other facilities get closed down just because there are problems? The whole thing including the timing to get it closed before Legislature could act was all part of Branstad’s dirty plan! Hopefully Iowa Legislature knows that now that IJH supporters came to the capitol last week and there will be a pill passed to open IJH up again!! The facility was funded by Legislature thru June 2015 and signed by the governor who thinks he has the power to just do things HIS way without caring about anybody else’s feelings – including the girls that are being hurt by being crammed into facilities not equipped for this type of youth and/or just sent home to fend for themselves before completing their needed treatment!

    I hope Iowa Voters will wise up and NOT give this crook of a governor his 6th corrupt term!!

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