Branstad Orders Immediate Changes at Iowa Juvenile Home

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) speaks during a press conference on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (KCCI-TV Des Moines)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order designed to improve the care of children at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo where the use of physical restraints and isolation rooms has been criticized.

Branstad's order, signed Tuesday, also establishes a five-member task force charged with recommending additional improvements and assisting in implementation.

The group is to recommend a plan for eliminating seclusion rooms and transferring the home's education plan to management by the local area education agency instead of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

The task force report is due Oct. 15

Branstad's spokesman says in a statement the increased standards will lead to greater safety, transparency and oversight at the state-run juvenile home.

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