Hillcrest Takes Over Julien Care Facility

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE - Hillcrest Family Services is the new owner of the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque.

The agency bought the mental health care center for $1.2 million last summer.

That sale happened shortly after a dispute between Hillcrest and an organization called "Developing Alternative Choices" or DAC.

That's the agency that ran the county owned facility on Seippel Road.

When the Dubuque County Supervisors put the Julien Care Facility up for sale, DAC's directors wanted to buy it, but the county sold it to Hillcrest instead.

Hillcrest took over the center yesterday only to discover a lot of things were missing.

The center's residents are adjusting to a new management staff. But that staff says when they arrived they were surprised to find much of the kitchen and office supplies were gone.

Hillcrest directors say it appears DAC staff took some kitchen supplies and almost all of the office furniture with them when they left.

Hillcrest says those are items that belonged to the county and should have remained inside the building.

Berry Plastics in Peosta donated office furniture after learning about the situation. Hillcrest directors say that's the silver lining in a very dis-heartening situation.

Hillcrest Director Deb Lang said, "I didn't expect to come into the office and find everything was gone. I didn't expect to find the desk in the main office would be a card table. "

In an email to TV-9 DAC's Chief Operation Officer Sara Tubbs said she had had not heard these complaints directly from Hillcrest. She plans plans to meet with them and County officials on Monday.
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