Idaho Legislature requests Office of Performance Evaluations investigation of youth treatment homes

by Wilson Criscione, Investigate West, Idaho Capital Sun

March 21, 2024

In response to InvestigateWest reporting that uncovered allegations of child abuse and neglect at state-licensed facilities, the Idaho Legislature has commissioned a state watchdog investigation that will examine oversight of Idaho’s youth treatment homes.

Rep. Marco Erickson, R-Idaho Falls, presented the investigation request on Friday, arguing an evaluation was necessary to make sure Idaho is taking care of youth “a lot better than we’ve done,” referencing recent news stories revealing what he called “scary things” that have happened to children in residential treatment facilities licensed by the state. 

Find more information in the article at Idaho Capital Sun.