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This notice is to inform you that DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) is planning to visit State Hospital West in July of 2023. The purpose of our visit to your facility is to conduct a monitor which includes 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.
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 and service providers across the state to monitor the rights and safety of individuals with disabilities.
Under Federal law, the P&A system and all authorized agents of the P&A system must have reasonable unaccompanied access to facilities which may house or render care to individuals with disabilities, including all areas which are used by residents, accessible to residents, and to programs
and their residents at reasonable times – which, at a minimum, shall include normal working and visiting hours. 42 C.F.R. §51.42(c); 45 C.F.R. §1326.27. Such residents that the P&A is to have access to during a monitor include adults and minors who have legal guardians or conservators. 42 C.F.R. §51.42(e); 45 C.F.R. §1326.27(c)(1). DRI also has authority to educate
individuals with disabilities about their rights and available P&A services. 42 C.F.R. §51.42(c)(1); 45 C.F.R. §1326.27(c)(2)(i). Thus, as part of our monitoring, DRI intends to present on and provide materials to educate individuals regarding their rights, services available from DRI, and other
Once we confirm the dates for our visit, we will post a notification on our website (www.disabilityrightsidaho.org). If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI’s monitoring activities or would like to speak with DRI staff regarding your child’s care and treatment at this facility, please contact a member of our Youth Unit at (208) 336-5353.