Records: Psychologists question treatment at home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Newly disclosed records show two psychologists at the Iowa Juvenile Home question the treatment residents have been receiving.

Summaries the psychologists made as part of an investigation at the Toledo center were obtained by The Des Moines Register ( ) through a records request.

The federally funded advocacy organization Disability Rights Iowa has been investigating allegations about the treatment of children with behavioral problems at the home, including use of isolation cells.

In one comment, psychologist Thomas Potter told investigators “there is no coherent program” of treatment at the home.

Psychologist David Barche told investigators that treatment programs lack structure and follow-through.

Barche declined to comment when asked about the statements. Potter couldn’t be reached to comment.

Rick Shults, a Department of Human Services administrator, says the agency is addressing problems.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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