Group sees improvement at state juvenile home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of a disability rights group says improvements are underway at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, but there is still work to do.

Jane Hudson, of Disability Rights Iowa, told the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday that the home has stopped using long-term isolation rooms and has reduced the use of restraint and seclusion.

But Hudson says the home still needs to improve the quality of care and should be subject to greater oversight.

Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating treatment of children at the home, including the use of isolation cells

Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer says the state is addressing the problems at the home and is committed to a higher standard of care.

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