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Dependent adult task force releases recommendations

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Governor Chet Culver's dependent adult task force released its first set of recommendations Friday.

The task force was created after it was discovered 21 intellectually disabled men lived in deplorable conditions in what was called the "bunkhouse" in Atalissa.  The men were found in the home February with no heat, boarded up windows, moldy beds and locked refrigerators.

The task force recommends state agencies work together to identify dependent adult abuse and to develop a uniform assessment tool to determine abuse.  The Department of Human Services would be required to keep records of complaints up to five years.

The task force wants all facilities for dependent adults to be registered with the state and wants the Department of Inspections and Appeals to be in charge of inspecting those homes.

How much this might cost hasn't been determined yet, but Governor Culver says he wants the legislature to act on them this session.

"We've got to find a way to do it as quickly as possible because we want to make sure there are not similar circumstances out there across the state," said Governor Chet Culver (D-IA)

The task force says it also supports three pieces of legislation currently being considered.  One would give the civil rights commission subpoena power.  The second would make wage discrimination for any reason, including a disability, an unfair employment practice.  The third would increase penalties, both civil and criminal, in abuse cases.
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