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Some Iowa Care Facilities Not Being Inspected Enough

Posted at: 03/03/2013 4:21 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State records show 39 percent of Iowa's 178 residential care facilities for the disabled have not had a full state inspection in at least 2½ years even though a state law requires regular inspections.

A Des Moines Sunday Register (http://dmreg.co/ZRGZyr) analysis of state records shows some care facilities have gone almost four years without an inspection.

The newspaper reports on Sunday delayed inspections are due to a law passed in 2011 that suspended a previous policy requiring inspections every 30 months. The move enacted under former Gov. Chet Culver was intended to save money.

Last year, the Legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad reinstated inspections, but inspectors haven't caught up.

Inspections are completed at 109 facilities, leaving 69 - or 39 percent - uninspected for at least 30 months.