TOLEDO, Iowa — Human rights lawyers are questioning the Iowa Juvenile Home’s use of solitary rooms for months at a time for teen girls in foster care.
The state-run home, where as many as 57 youths with behavior problems are treated, uses isolation cells and sometimes withholds classroom instruction to control behavior.
Attorney Nathan Kirstein, with Disability Rights Iowa, said the home is violating state and federal rules, but because it’s run by Iowa’s Department of Human Services, no one inspects it.
Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer said the use of isolation rooms is warranted at times.
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