DRI News

Iowa Juvenile Home Update

Read the DRI press release of October 7, 2013, applauding the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force and the Iowa Department of Education.

Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts Tuesday, October 1st

The Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help people who don’t have any health insurance or who want to explore lower cost options.

The health insurance marketplace is a new way to find health coverage. It can help individuals who don’t have coverage now or who want to look at options. The Marketplace allows individual’s to compare private plan options available in their state and also determine whether they qualify for reduced premiums, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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DRI Representatives Celebrated Constitution Day at Wartburg College

Jane Hudson, Disability Rights IOWA’s Executive Director was joined by John TenPas, DRI’s Board President, and Emmanuel Smith, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Intern and Blogger, to celebrate Constitution Day at Wartburg College on September 19, 2013. Read the full article in The Circuit.

Senator Harkin Visits with DRI Staff

On Friday, September 13, 2013, staff at DRI spent a wonderful afternoon discussing our work with Senator Tom Harkin.  Topics included Sheltered workshops, PASRR, voting, Olmstead and our work in institutions throughout the State of Iowa.

Photo of Disability Rights Iowa staff with Senator Tom Harkin.

BACK ROW (from left to right): John Gish, Linda Firkins, Mark Leamen, John TenPas, Nathan Kirstein, Charlene Joens, Scott Lyon. MIDDLE (from left to right): Jean Herrity, Katie Vande Vorde, Jane Hudson, Jayna Grauerholz, Sen. Tom Harkin. FRONT (from left to right): Beth Rydberg, Emmanuel Smith, Cyndy Miller, Hope Richardson.

Iowa Juvenile Home Investigation

What began as a monitoring visit to the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, IA in November 2012, became an investigation into the facility. Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) staff have talked to The Des Moines Register about this ongoing investigation.

Follow these stories from The Des Moines Register in our Disability News around Iowa section.

In response to the investigation at the Iowa Juvenile Home, read the editorial piece by the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Team.

Below is a news story on this investigation from Waterloo’s KWWL-Channel 7:

KWWL