To: Any and All Legal Guardians of Residents of Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC)
RE: DisAbility Rights Idaho – Monitoring Visit to SWITC
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.
Pursuant to the authority above, DRI staff will visiting SWITC the week of May 4th and 5th, 2022. Our visit to the facility is for monitoring purposes, which simply means that we will be visiting the facility, speaking with residents and staff, and 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.
Attorney, Adult Unit