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Justice Department finds state of Iowa unnecessarily segregates disabled people in state resource centers



This news story was published on December 9, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has concluded an investigation into whether the State of Iowa subjects residents of Glenwood and Woodward Resource Centers, two state-run institutions for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) in Glenwood and Woodward, Iowa, respectively, to unnecessary institutionalization in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Justice Department determined that there is reasonable cause to believe Iowa fails to provide services to residents of the Resource Centers, or those at serious risk of institutionalization, in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Iowa’s system of care for people with IDD is heavily biased toward institutions. Critical services and support that would allow Resource Center residents to live in their own homes and communities, such as behavioral, crisis and physical health supports, are often unavailable outside the Resource Centers. Iowa also fails to provide Resource Center residents and their guardians with sufficient information about community options. Consequently, many Resource Center residents who could receive, and do not oppose the receipt of, services in the community are needlessly segregated in institutions.

“People with disabilities should not be unlawfully isolated and unreasonably denied access to the community-based services they need,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will actively defend the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate fully in community life.”

The department’s investigation was conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) and Title II of the ADA. Consistent with CRIPA’s statutory requirements and Title II’s regulations, the department provided the state with a written notice setting out the department’s conclusions and the supporting facts. The department also notified the state of the minimum remedial measures necessary to address the alleged violations.

The department’s investigation involved extensive review and analysis of documents; interviews of staff and management at the Resource Centers, Iowa’s Department of Human Services, and stakeholders; and observation of support planning meetings. The department also conducted tours of Glenwood Resource Center (Glenwood).

Today’s announcement concludes the second, and final, phase of the department’s investigation. The department initiated the investigation in November 2019. The first phase was conducted by the Civil Rights Division and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and focused on conditions at Glenwood. On Dec. 22, 2020, the department notified the State that the department had reasonable cause to believe that these conditions violate the federal rights of the people living there and that these violations are pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of rights protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Additional information about the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is available on its website at www.justice.gov/crt.

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7 Responses to Justice Department finds state of Iowa unnecessarily segregates disabled people in state resource centers

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Actually their pretty well off. The mentally ill and with mental disabilities in Blue state are thrown out in the streets to live n homeless camps and are feed free drugs daily – Have not seen this being a major problem in Iowa but then again josey only been in office a short time. KIM has common sense and we appreciate her – If you want fame and fortune move to a BLUE state like minnesoooota or califorikated. BYE!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      How would you know how well off they were? It was during Trump’s one term that these violations were uncovered. And it was during Kim’s term as both Governor and Lt. Governor that they occurred. Biden has nothing to do with it.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 9, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Kovid Kim’s fault! #voteherout

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 9, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Just more DemonRAT Bullshit!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 9, 2021 at 8:39 am

        Warry, you just hate it when the republicans get caught, don’t you?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 9, 2021 at 8:57 am

          At least they aren’t in Democratic cages