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Agency doesn’t plan review of juvenile offenders school

Published: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 10:21 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES — The state human services director doesn’t plan to order a review of the Iowa school for juvenile offenders after allegations that staffers inappropriately use restraints and seclusion on teens with mental illness.

Jerry Foxhoven told the Iowa Council on Human Services on Wednesday that he’s proud of what the state does with what he said are “really, really tough kids” at the Boys State Training School in Eldora.

Disability Rights Iowa said in a report released Monday that the school doesn’t have enough mental health professionals, locks up children by themselves and restrains them in beds with full-body wraps.

Foxhoven defended the facility’s use of “the wrap” as being safer than having staffers use their hands and arms to hold an out-of-control boy.

Foxhoven’s comments came a day after Gov. Kim Reynolds said she trusted him to handle the issue.