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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Jan. 11th, 2023

Join the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition (IATC) and other community members at the Idaho State Capitol Building, 2nd floor Rotunda, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will be sharing resources and information, and a proclamation has been submitted to Governor Little’s office to confirm Idaho’s support of this national awareness day (signing time to be determined).

In the evening, the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition will be hosting a Social Event starting at 6:00 pm at the Linen Building. All proceeds will directly benefit our work; 1) Education, Awareness, and Advocacy, 2) 24/7 Crisis Hotline, and 3) Direct Victim Assistance.

Tickets for the Social Event are available for $35 each. There will be food, drinks, music, raffles, and a silent auction. You can register at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idaho-anti-trafficking-coalition-social-event-tickets-434156663267. 

 

Proclamation Signing

Social Event 5x7 portrait

THRIVE RESOURCE FAIR

THRIVE RESOURCE FAIR

November 12, 12–3:00 p.m. | FREE | All Ages
Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA

Welcome to THRIVE! Please join us for a Resource Fair and a chance to explore the THRIVE Center. Staff will be on-site to tour the facility and discuss THRIVE programs/activities. Community providers will have booths providing information. This is agreat time to check out the facility for FREEto both non-members and members and learn about the many perks in the Treasure Valley. All ages and abilities are welcome! Please register each individual in attendance.

All individuals 18+ must bring a government-issued photo ID for entry.

For more information, please contact Andrea Parker at
andrea.parker@ymcatvidaho.org for questions.

YMCATVIDAHO.ORG

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Parents Opportunity to Impact Policy

 

Idaho Voices for Children is conducting research into Idaho’s Behavioral Health System, and they want to hear directly from families that have experience interacting with this system. With wait times of up to one year to see a children’s behavioral health specialist, service backlogs, and provider shortages, families across the state are facing multiple barriers when trying to seek the care that their children need.

 

Your valuable input and experience can help us solve this challenge.

 

We are conducting focus group sessions with parents who’s children frequently interact with the behavioral health system to ask parents about barriers to accessing care, challenges with being connected to specialists or receiving specialized treatment, and what they think would improve the system. Your answers will provide crucial input that will help us produce policy recommendations to propose to the Idaho legislature, in hope of reducing behavioral health waitlists and increasing access to care for children. We are also offering $50 Amazon gift cards in exchange for providing us with your input and suggestions; the session will last 90 minutes and your answers will remain anonymous. 

 

For more information or questions about participation, contact Health Policy Research Associate Logan Dennis at Ldennis@jannus.org

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Proposed Work Goals and Priorities for Fiscal Year 2023

DisAbility Rights Idaho Needs Your Help!

Please see the below link labeled “DRI FY2023 SGP Handout” to DisAbility Rights Idaho’s (DRI) proposed work goals and priorities for fiscal year 2023 to begin on October 1, 2022.  As these are proposed work priorities, we are looking to you for an opinion on whether we have captured the issues currently affecting Idahoans with disabilities. To provide your comment, please click the below link labeled “Survey”. The link will take you to a Google form which has 6 questions. If you would like a hard copy of this survey, please call our office at (208) 336-5353, and a survey will be mailed to you. We appreciate your time and effort to help us achieve our mission.  Thank you!

DRI FY2023 SGP Handout

Survey

Notice of Monitoring Visit – Intermountain Hospital

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June 7, 2022

To: Any and All Legal Guardians of Residents of Intermountain Hospital

RE: DisAbility Rights Idaho – Monitoring Visit to Intermountain Hospital

Dear Guardian:

DRI is Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy System (P&A). Each state’s P & A is part of a federally mandated system with the authority and obligation to protect and advocate for the human and legal rights of individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or other disabilities. Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (PADD), 42 U.S.C. § 15001, et seq.; Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI), 42 U.S.C. §10801; and, Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR), 20 U.S.C. §794e. Since our establishment in 1977, we have visited facilities/service providers across the state to monitor the rights and safety of individuals with disabilities, as well as to provide information to individuals with disabilities about our organization.

DRI has scheduled to conduct monitoring activities at Intermountain Hospital on July 14 and 15, 2022. DRI also has authority to educate individuals with disabilities about their rights and available P&A services. Thus, as part of our monitoring, DRI intends to speak with participants and staff in order to educate participants regarding their rights as well as provide information on services available from DRI and other appropriate referrals. We will also be observing the general atmosphere and environment of the facility to monitor for compliance regarding safety and clients’ rights.

If you should have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-
262-3462.

Respectfully,
Christine Meeuwsen
Attorney, Adult Unit

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Children’s Residential Treatment Facilities – Youth Rights

Youth MOVE Idaho and Disability Rights Idaho have collaborated to create a series of videos to inform youth about their rights to access mental health care. In this video, Madeline, the Youth Programs Coordinator for Youth MOVE Idaho, discusses with Kayla, an attorney from Disability Rights Idaho who is in the youth unit, issues related to Children’s Residential Treatment Facilities (CRTFs).
Specifically they discuss:
1. What is a CRTF?
2. What are the different levels of youth mental health care?
3. Are youth sometimes sent to unsafe or ineffective CRTFs?
4. What are a minor’s rights while in CRTFs?
5. How can a youth report abuse or a rights violation that happens in a CRTF?
6. Resources available for reporting a CRTF for a violation of youth rights or for recovering from such an event.

Monitoring Visit to Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital

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May 24, 2022

To: Any and All Legal Guardians of Residents of Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital

RE: DisAbility Rights Idaho – Monitoring Visit to Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital
Dear Guardian:

DRI is Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy System (P&A). Each state’s P & A is part of a federally mandated system with the authority and obligation to protect and advocate for the human and legal rights of individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or other disabilities. Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (PADD), 42 U.S.C. § 15001, et seq.; Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI), 42 U.S.C. §10801; and, Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR), 20 U.S.C. §794e. Since our establishment in 1977, we have visited facilities/service providers across the state to monitor the rights and safety of individuals with disabilities, as well as to provide information to individuals with disabilities about our organization.

DRI has scheduled to conduct monitoring activities at Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital from July 11th to July 13th, 2022. DRI also has authority to educate individuals with disabilities about their rights and available P&A services. Thus, as part of our monitoring, DRI intends to speak with participants and staff in order to educate participants regarding their rights as well as provide information on services available from DRI and other appropriate referrals. We will also be observing the general atmosphere and environment of the facility to monitor for compliance regarding safety and clients’ rights.

If you should have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-262-3462.
Respectfully,

Joseph A. Earnest, Esq.
Attorney – Adult Unit

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Election Day Monitoring

DisAbility Rights Idaho Needs Your Help!

Election Day Monitoring
Each election season, DisAbility Rights Idaho monitors polling places
throughout the state to ensure that they are accessible to all Idahoans.
However, the geographical diversity of our state makes it difficult to
monitor every polling location.

How you can Help
We have created a digital survey that lets you assess your polling place for accessibility issues when you go to vote!

Click this link:

Polling Place Survey

and you will be taken directly to the survey! Once completed, it will
automatically be sent to us.

We will also be operating our Voting Hotline on election day:

1 (866) 262-3462

Thank you for your help, and happy voting!