Comments of DisAbility Rights Idaho on Idaho’s Application for a State Innovation Waiver Under §1332

DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) is the designated Protection and Advocacy agency for Idahoans with disabilities. We are concerned about the proposed §1332 waiver’s impact on people with disabilities who will be covered by Idaho’s Medicaid expansion. Senate Bill 1204 directs the Idaho Department of Insurance to apply for a §1332 waiver to obtain Advanced Premium Tax Credit to purchase coverage on the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange instead of being automatically enrolled in Medicaid. Previous studies and estimates have concluded that Idaho’s expansion population will include many people with disabilities and chronic health conditions, including many people with serious mental … Continue reading Comments of DisAbility Rights Idaho on Idaho’s Application for a State Innovation Waiver Under §1332


A Report on the Cycle of Abuse, Neglect, and Injury at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center DRI is the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for the State of Idaho. The P&A system was originally created to safeguard the well-being of individ­uals living in institutions. This remains a major focus of P&A activity today. As such, DRI monitors, investigates, and attempts to remedy adverse condi­tions in large and small, public and private, facili­ties that care for people with disabilities. DRI believes that people with disabilities are entitled to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation, discrimination, and isolation, and are to be … Continue reading NO SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME

2018 Idaho Election Calendar

February 16, 2018 Last day to pre-register to vote for the March 13 election. March 2, 2018 Last day for an application for a mail-in absentee ballot to be received by the County Clerk for the March 13 election. March 9, 2018 Last day for in-person absentee voting and for early voting for the March 13 election. March 13, 2018. Election 8:00am to 8:00pm (*) At clerks option, polling places may be opened at 7:00am. Absentee ballots must be submitted to the County Clerk’s Elections office by 8:00pm. April 20, 2018 Last day to pre-register to vote for the May … Continue reading 2018 Idaho Election Calendar

If You Are Having Problems with Veyo – CID Wants to Hear About It.

The Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities (CID) is collecting information regarding issues that people with disabilities (and/or parents of children with disabilities) may be experiencing with non-emergency medical transportation being provided by the new managed care organization Veyo. CID is sharing these concerns with the Department of Health and Welfare, legislators, and VEYO in an effort to determine what problems may exist and how to provide immediate solutions. Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) is hosting a form on their website for you to share your story, as well as to be contacted for more information. Please click here to go to … Continue reading If You Are Having Problems with Veyo – CID Wants to Hear About It.

IDVR has Exciting Programs for Transition Age Students

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers services and programs especially designed for transition-age students (between 15-21 years old and attending high school or post-secondary education) with disabilities.  Click on the links below for more information. IDVR Pre-Employment Transition Services – idvr-pre-employment-transition-services-10-2016 PREP Academy 2017 –  A summer transition program for students with disabilities interested in attending college. Students participate in a five day, five night on-campus college experience. idvr-bsu-prep-academy-2017 The McCall Outdoor Science School Program –   Five day residence camp to learn scientific and ecological principles and job skills that lead to successful employment. idvr-mccall-outdoor-program-10-2016

Judge rules in favor of DRI in lawsuit by Ada County Coroner

Disability Rights Idaho received congratulations from the National Disability Rights Network in obtaining a strong opinion and court order from a U.S. District  Court requiring the Ada County Coroner’s office to release records to the P&A as part of an investigation into a suicide death at a psychiatric hospital.  To read the complete account of the case, please click here Coroner lawsuit