Ex-residents, workers want juvenile home opened
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department
posted Jan 23 2014 9:56AM
~ DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former residents and employees of the Iowa Juvenile Home testified before a legislative panel and urged lawmakers to support a measure that would force officials to reopen the facility that closed last week.
Those testifying Wednesday before the Senate Human Resources Committee told lawmakers they tried to create a safe environment for teens at the Toledo home, which closed Jan. 15.
Jimmy Centers, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, says the governor wants what's best for the teenagers previously held at the juvenile home and closed the facility after creating a task force and meeting with local officials.
Amy Lorentzen McCoy, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Human Services, says the 21 teens formerly at the home have been returned to their homes or placed at other locations.