The primary purpose of the State Training School at Eldora is to provide a continuum of supervision and rehabilitation programs, which meet the needs of males adjudicated delinquent, in a manner consistent with public safety. These services and programs individualize treatment and control the offender for his own benefit and the protection of society. The facility provides a range of services that are geared toward:
The State Training School establishes policies and procedures in accordance with standards set forth by the American Correctional Association and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). In 2015, the ACA Accreditation Board conferred full unrestricted accreditation on the STS for the maximum 3-year period.
Who is eligible to receive services:
Males 12 to 18 years old that have been adjudicated delinquent and who meet one of the following criteria:
3 out of 4 of the following:
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 superintendent is Mark Day.
The State Training School offers a holistic social, behavioral, psychiatric, academic and vocational program that utilizes counseling, treatment and consequences paired with praise and opportunity. Youth encounter fair and consistent rules which demonstrate respect for others, and, ultimately self-respect. Opportunity in the form of educational, vocational, social and recreational programs offers students the chance to find stability in their lives and security in their future. Transitional services are provided by Training School staff as well as contract staff in an effort to maximize each student’s chances for success upon return home. Special programs which are available in addition to individual and group counseling are:
A comprehensive educational program is available for students, of whom the majority have significant learning and/or behavior problems and have need of special education services. Educational programs include:
The facility is located in Eldora and serves youth for all 99 Iowa counties.
How to apply for services or refer someone to this facility:
To be admitted, students must be court-ordered to the facility.
How to get more information:
State Training School for Boys
3211 West Edgington
Eldora, Iowa 50627
For Administration, contact Mark Day, Superintendent
For Clinical Services, contact Brett Lawrence, Treatment Services Director
For PREA or compliance, contact Lynn Allbee, Treatment Program Administrator
For Business services, contact Jon Kies, Business Manager
For Educational services, contact Joel Weeks, Education Administrator
For Employment information, contact Ella Dohlman, Personnel
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