Inspectors Recommend Feds Cut Off Funds To Iowa Institution
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 22, 2005
GLENWOOD, IOWA--State inspectors are recommending that the federal government stop funding the Glenwood Resource Center, an institution housing 500 people with mental disabilities.
If federal Medicaid and Medicare funding is pulled, the facility would be forced to close.
Friday's Des Moines Register reported that the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals made the recommendations following the death of a female resident and several reports of sexual abuse of other residents.
On April 25, the woman -- who was blind, had trouble walking, and was supposed to be supervised -- fell headfirst down a staircase. She died a few weeks later after being hospitalized with multiple neck and rib fractures.
The other allegations involve a staff member who is suspected of sexually abusing five residents and bullying coworkers.
Department of Human Services spokesman Roger Munns said last Wednesday that he's confident the facility will correct the problems and will not be forced to shut down.
"Cut off Medicaid, Medicare to Glenwood, inspectors recommend" (Des Moines Register)
"Deaths in Iowa's Institutions" (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)