State must provide extra education at Eldora

The state of Iowa must provide additional education for boys living at the Boys' State Training School, a state-run juvenile home in Eldora, but it won't be forced to offer remedial services to the hundreds of youth who left the program in recent years. The agreement follows investigations which found the Iowa Department of Human Services failed to provide the minimum level of educational services to special-education students at the home. A similar finding last year at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo resulted in the state setting aside $1 million to pay for "compensatory education" for dozens of youth.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: June 18, 2014

Second juvenile home accused of violations

A second state-run facility for delinquent youths, the State Training School for Boys in Eldora, has failed to provide adequate schooling for disadvantaged children, according to two sets of investigators. Advocates for the disabled are now asking state officials to begin examining the facility's use of isolation and its impact on the youths' schooling.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Does state still offer placement of last resort?

Over the past 19 years, Iowa has seen a 73 percent reduction in the number of available beds for adult psychiatric patients, resulting in more mentally ill Iowans being sent to jail. The Iowa Department of Corrections estimates 41 percent of inmates have mental illnesses.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Glenwood disabled facility on most fined list

Glenwood Resource Center has the worst record of compliance with federal regulations of any care facility in Iowa over the past 10 months. The center, a 260-resident facility run by the Iowa Department of Human Services, has racked up $27,500 in fines since July 2012 . Three-fourths of the residents are diagnosed with both mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 20, 2013