DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials are finding new treatment facilities for the 21 young people living at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
The State Department of Human Services announced the plan Monday. Director Charles Palmer said in a press release that the decision was based on recommendations from a task force established by the governor.
The residents — all girls with behavioral problems — will be moved in the next few weeks, either to other state institutions or to private providers. In addition, the 93 staffers at the home have gotten layoff notices, though some may be able to get other state jobs.
An investigation by the Des Moines Register has led to major changes at the home, including limits on its once-widespread use of seclusion cells.