Governor Terry Branstad is suggesting the state should consider having a private organization take over the management of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The home’s superintendent quit earlier this year after members of a group called Disability Rights Iowa visited the facility and found three young women being held in isolation cells, one for nearly a year. Branstad, a Republican, says a nonprofit organization might do a better job running the home.
The Iowa Juvenile Home provides housing, treatment and schooling for up to 57 kids with behavioral problems. The home is run by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Senator Jack Hatch, chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, believes the DHS should remain in charge of the home.
Hatch is also criticizing Branstad over the fact that a new superintendent for the home has yet to be hired.