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IA Lawmakers Push to Change Treatment of Troubled Youth

   House and Senate democratic lawmakers say they have filed legislation to fundamentally reform the way Iowa helps all troubled Iowa children, especially girls, after the abrupt closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
   The group says it will establish a new, more effective, more accountable statewide approach to helping Iowa boys and girls who need serious help.
The new legislation includes:

- Creating a multipurpose, residential, accredited treatment center for female juvenile delinquents or female juveniles adjudicated child in need of assistance (CINA) at the Iowa Juvenile Home.

- Iowas first statewide assessment program for both boys and girls.  This includes a three strikes and youre in provision requiring all troubled children who have failed three previous placements to undergo an in-depth, on-site assessment at the Iowa Juvenile Home.

- A long-term support plan for all youth placed at the new Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo and the State Training School in Eldora.  This plan will include support as these children transition into young adulthood.

   The lawmakers said there was significant bipartisan interest in their proposed reforms. 
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