Toledo Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
The Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School (IJH/GSTS), recognizing its role in the continuum of statewide delivery, will provide effective intervention for the most troubled youth in the state of Iowa. Staff acts as a positive change agent, providing therapeutic programming, to assist youth in successfully moving to a less structured environment. Building on the strength of families, in collaboration with the support of communities, staff strives to make a difference in the lives of the youth served.
By working in an environment which values teamwork, excellence and respect for one another, staff provide effective services for youth in an effort to successfully reintegrate them into community living.
Iowa Juvenile Home Protection Task Force:
Governor Branstad created the Iowa Juvenile Home Protection Task Force with Executive Order Number 82. The Task Force is comprised of five members appointed by the Governor which includes the Iowa Department of Human Services Director and four individuals with expertise in child advocacy, special education, behavioral issues and other relevant experience. The Task Force shall hold four public meetings in order to reach goals and objectives as identified in Executive Order 82.
September 18, 2013 Meeting
Introduction Letter from Jerry Foxhoven, Task Force Chair
Presentations from Mark Day, Interim Superintendent
September 24, 2013 Meeting
Options - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Criteria for Placement - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Seclusion and Placement Data - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Prior Placement Summary - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
September 30, 2013 Meeting
Disability Rights Iowa Presentation
Resident Survey - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Seclusion and Restraint Trend Data - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Out-of-State Placement Data
Funding Sources - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
Single Gender Position Paper
Female Responsive Services Definition and Components
Department of Education Recommendations - Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
October 7, 2013 Meeting
Report from Task Force
Who is eligible to receive services:
The IJH/GSTS at Toledo provides a specialized structured setting to evaluate and treat youth between 12 and 18 years of age, who have been determined by the juvenile justice system to require specialized structured program care, evaluation, and/or treatment due to numerous out-of-home placements, disruptive behavior, and extensive involvement in the system. Males and females who have been adjudicated Children in Need of Assistance by the Iowa court system are admitted to the Iowa Juvenile Home. Females who have been adjudicated Delinquent are admitted to the State Training School for Girls.
Structure of the organization:
The facility is operated by the Iowa Department of Human Services, under the directorship of Charles M. Palmer and under the leadership of Richard Shults, Administrator, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services. The facility's interim superintendent is Mark Day.
The Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
- Provides an individualized care program for each youth with a diversity of innovative and effective programs;
- Evaluates and recommends placement of youth to appropriate types of facilities in Iowa;
- Provides a basic education program for development of fundamental academic skills and the attainment of life skills;
- Provides a vocational program with exploration in employment skills;
- Assists troubled youth in making a positive transition into society to become self-sufficient, useful, productive and contributing members of society; and
- Protects the community adequately from the young Iowan not capable of maintaining behavior independently.
The facility is located in Toledo and serves youth for all 99 Iowa counties.
How to apply for services or refer someone to this facility:
To be admitted, youth must be court-ordered to the facility.
How to get more information:
Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls State Training School
701 South Church Street
Toledo, Iowa 52342
For administration, treatment services, and admissions contact Mark Day, Interim Superintendent
For business services, contact Karen Connell, Business Manager
For educational services, contact Paul Henely, Principal