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State hires consultant for Glenwood center

DES MOINES (AP)--The Iowa Department of Human Services is hiring a mental health expert to help one of its state-run homes comply with a 2004 court order requiring improvements in care.

Judith Johnston of Alabama will be paid $167,178 for eight months of work at Glenwood Resource Center in southwest Iowa. Her job begins next week.

During the past 10 months, the home has been fined $49,500 for various offenses.

Johnston was director of mental retardation facilities in Alabama for seven years before becoming a consultant.

The department is also expected to hire an independent consultant to conduct a three-month review of Glenwood's conditions.

Glenwood is home to about 315 people with mental disabilities.

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