Two More Workers Fired At Glenwood Resource Center

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Two more employees at the Glenwood Resource Center have been terminated over alleged mistreatment of residents they were caring for at the state-operated facility for individuals with profound physical and intellectual disabilities.

According to findings in an inspector’s report from the Iowa Department of Human Services, one GRC staff member allegedly used a spoon to smear food on a resident’s face. Another worker told the staff member to “knock it off” and wiped off the resident’s face and made an attempt to comfort the person. However, the second staff member didn’t immediately report the incident to supervisors, as required by GRC policy and state law.

The firings come just months after an investigation by IDHS  determined seven clients had previously been the subject of physical abuse and 13 had experienced verbal abuse or neglect. Former GRC staff members were accused of hitting some clients, neglecting personal care needs, teasing and talking abusively to and around clients. The initial investigation last fall contributed to the resignation or firing of a dozen GRC staff members. A subsequent investigation by the Glenwood Police Department resulted in charges being filed against six former GRC workers.

Rick Shults, IDHS director of mental health and disability services, said earlier this year actions are being taken to prevent incidents of abuse at GRC and its sister facility in Woodward and ensuring that all suspected cases of abuse are properly reported.