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December 9, 2013

Iowa moving youths out of juvenile home

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials are finding new treatment facilities for the 21 young people currently living at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.

The Department of Human Services announced the plan Monday. Director Charles Palmer says in a news release that the decision was based on recommendations from a task force established by the governor.

The boys and girls with behavioral problems will be moved in the next few weeks, either to other state institutions or to private providers. In addition, the 93 staffers at the home have received layoff notices, though some may be able to secure other state jobs.

An investigation by The Des Moines Register has led to major changes at the home, including limits on its once-widespread use of seclusion cells.

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