Branstad: Consider nonprofit for juvenile home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa should consider having a nonprofit group operate the Iowa Juvenile Home, which has been beset with criticism for its treatment of troubled children and use of isolation rooms.

Branstad told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/16PMN0o ) some privately run organizations do a better job running such facilities.

The governor says, “I think we should look at the possibility of contracting with a nonprofit group so we can manage this.”

The Toledo center houses, treats and educates youths with behavioral problems. The federally funded group Disability Rights Iowa has been investigating allegations about the home’s treatment of children.

Branstad expressed support for Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer. His agency oversees the home, but Palmer says he wasn’t aware it used isolation cells until recently.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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