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Group Wants to Privatize Juvenile Home
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An advocacy group wants Gov. Terry Branstad to consider privatizing the Iowa Juvenile Home.
Disability Rights Iowa also wants the governor to seek new rules that would limit the home's use of long-term isolation and physical restraints.
The federally funded group says the new rules would place the state-run home under the same guidelines that private facilities must observe on the use of isolation and restraints.
The Toledo home houses, treats and educates youths with serious behavioral problems. Disability Rights Iowa says the home has placed children as young as 13 in long-term isolation cells.
Branstad spokeswoman Janae Jenison said Wednesday that the governor believes "there needs to be a cultural change at the Iowa Juvenile Home."
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