Toledo Study Group


What is it?

At the direction of the Iowa General Assembly and under the leadership of the Department of Human Services (DHS or Department), the Toledo Study Group (TSG) began meeting in January 2007 to discuss placement options for the boys who are adjudicated as a Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) and placed at the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo, Iowa.  The IJH is a state operated campus that currently has 20 beds allocated to this boys program and 64 beds allocated for girls who are adjudicated CINA or delinquent. In July 2007 a final report was issued. Below is a brief overview of the Toledo Study Group. Click here to view the final report.



Legislative language of House File 2734 established the study group and stated the Iowa General Assembly�s intent that, effective July 1, 2009, placements at the IJH will be limited to females and that placements of boys will be diverted to other options.  The Department will utilize this study group to make recommendations for the diversion that will be in a report submitted to the Iowa legislature by July 1, 2007.



Who are the members of the study group?

  • Tom Bouska, Iowa Department of Human Services, DHS Service Area Manager
  • Wendy Rickman, Iowa Department of Human Services, DHS Service Area Manager
  • Kathy Nesteby, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Commission on the Status of Women
  • Donald Wright, Council on Human Services
  • Mary Nelson, Iowa Department of Human Services, DHS Division Administrator
  • Pat Hendrickson, Judicial Department, Chief Juvenile Court Officer
  • Tom Southard, Judicial Department, Chief Juvenile Court Officer
  • Eric Sage, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning
  • Anne Gruenewald, Four Oaks, Child Welfare Service Provider
  • Cindy Cox, Clarinda Academy, Child Welfare Service Provider
  • Carolyn Hejtmanek, Orchard Place, Children's Mental Health Service Provider
  • Mary Mohrhauser, Iowa Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services
  • Sally Nadolsky, Division of Medical Services, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
  • Don Gookin, Division of Medical Services, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
  • Deborah Hanus, Superintendent, Iowa Juvenile Home
  • Frank Biagioli, Iowa Department of Human Services Office of Field Operations
  • Jim Chesnik, Iowa Department of Human Services Division of Child and Family Services
  • Representative Dawn Pettengill, Democrat (January - May 2007), Iowa House of Representatives
  • Representative Mary Mascher, Democrat, Iowa House of Representatives
  • Senator Rob Hogg, Democrat, Iowa Senate
  • Senator John Putney, Republican, Iowa Senate


When does the group meet?

Meeting times are 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM unless noted otherwise.  Regular meetings are scheduled as follows (locations and meeting times subject to change):

  • January 26, 2007     Hoover Bldg, 2nd Floor, O�Connor Room
  • February 16, 2007    Hoover, 1 SE - Side 2
  • March 16, 2007       Hoover, 1 SE - Side 2
  • April 20, 2007          Iowa Juvenile Home, Toledo, Iowa
    (10:00 Campus Tour; 12:30 � 2:30 Meeting)
  • May 18, 2007            Hoover, 5 NE - Side 2
    (9:30 � 3:00 Meeting)
  • June 15, 2007            Hoover, 1 SE - Side 2
  • July 20, 2007             Hoover, 1 SE - Side 2


What has the group been doing?

Contained in the following folders are agendas and meeting summaries dating back to the group�s first meeting in January 2007.  Additionally, you can view or download documents the group has used to study the characteristics and profiles of the boys placed there, including placement histories, diagnoses, behavioral health and medication needs, educational and other program highlights, and costs.



2007 Meeting Agendas

2007 Meeting Summaries


January 26

January 26


February 16

February 16


March 16


April 20

April 20


May 18






Other documents the study group has used in its work:




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