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Branstad issues executive order for Juvenile Home

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On Tuesday, Gov. Branstad signed Executive Order 82, which added additional regulations to the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.

Now, staff will have to use the same standards as similar private facilities concerning the use of restraints and isolation rooms -- an issue that came to light in the last few weeks.

Staff will also receive more training on caring for traumatized youth. A task force will also be established to monitor the home and ensure the residents’ safety.

In response, Home superintendent Mark Day sent a memo to his staff noting that many of these changes had already begun since he came to the facility six months ago.

The governor, however, hasn’t toured the facility under the new superintendent.

When asked how the governor could pass this order without seeing the conditions of the facility, the Governor's Communication Director Tim Albrecht sent this statement:

"The governor is committed to a high standard of care for individuals at the Iowa Juvenile Home, and today's Executive Order 82 demonstrates his pledge to act swiftly in changing the troublesome culture at the home,” he wrote.

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