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Agency boss doesn't plan review of juvenile offenders school

In this photo provided by the State of Iowa, vehicles are parked out the entrance to the Arlene Dayhoff Education Complex at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. A federally funded nonprofit organization claims in a report released Monday that the school for juvenile boys held under court order is violating their constitutional rights by not providing essential mental health care and instead relying on restraints and seclusion rooms, and the group is threatening legal action unless the state makes significant changes. (State of Iowa via AP)
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Posted: Aug. 10, 2017 7:00 am Updated: Aug. 10, 2017 1:50 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The state human services director doesn't plan to order a review of the Iowa school for juvenile offenders after allegations that staffers inappropriately use restraints and seclusion on teens with mental illness.

The Des Moines Register reports that Jerry Foxhoven told the Iowa Council on Human Services on Wednesday that he's proud of what the state does with what he said are "really, really tough kids" at the Boys State Training School in Eldora.

Disability Rights Iowa said in a report released Monday that the school doesn't have enough mental health professionals, locks up children by themselves and restrains them in beds with full-body wraps.

Foxhoven defended the facility's use of "the wrap" as being safer than having staffers use their hands and arms to hold an out-of-control boy.

Foxhoven's comments came a day after Gov. Kim Reynolds said she trusted him to handle the issue.