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Reynolds defends DHS’ efforts to protect Iowa children

BY: - September 10, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday she’s not sure why the state committee tasked with reviewing child deaths in Iowa hasn’t convened in 20 years. In 2000, Iowa legislators authorized the state medical examiner to convene a Child Fatality Review Committee to investigate child deaths in Iowa with the goal of determining whether the Iowa […]

Ombudsman calls for vigilance in fighting child abuse

BY: - April 24, 2020

Responding to a sharp decline in child-abuse reports, Iowa Ombudsman Kristie Hirschman is calling on the public to remain vigilant in watching for and reporting child abuse. With the mid-March closing of Iowa schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of child abuse made to the Iowa Department of Human Services have fallen dramatically. They […]

Legislation on nursing home oversight fails to win support

BY: - February 26, 2020

Legislation that would force Iowa’s long-term care ombudsman to play a more active role in protecting Iowa’s elderly appears to be dead for the 2020 session. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office acts as an advocate for the elderly and responds to roughly 1,200 complaints annually from 55,000 Iowans now living in the state’s 860 […]

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Will Iowa outsource its protection of the elderly?  

BY: - January 7, 2020

State law requires Iowa’s regional ombudsmen to “visit” care facilities — even when there’s no specific complaint to investigate — and, while there, to “observe daily routines, meals and activities.”