Former patients at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Ia., and hundreds of state employees there and at other state facilities are being informed about a possible breach of their confidential information.

Former patients at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Ia., and hundreds of state employees there and at other state facilities are being informed about a possible breach of their confidential information.

Officials said the information was stored on a backup computer tape that cannot be located. A search for the tape continues and officials said it is likely the tape was inadvertently destroyed or discarded. Access to information on the tape requires specialized and outdated equipment.

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