NAMPA, Idaho – The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center is being investigated for allegations of physical and psychological abuse by staff members involving seven adult residents.

“These actions go against everything we stand for and are being treated with the utmost urgency,” said Russ Barron, director of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which is conducting the investigation. The Nampa Police Department also has been notified. “The safety of residents is our highest concern and priority, especially in this challenging environment.

“We follow procedures that ensure the safety and dignity of those in our care. I am extremely disappointed that some staff have not followed those procedures. They will be disciplined, including dismissal if the circumstances are warranted.”

The treatment center provides assessment, training and treatment to people with intellectual disabilities until they can be safely transitioned back into their communities. The facility currently has 25 residents and 109 permanent and temporary employees.

The investigation was triggered when an employee followed internal policies and reported concerns about resident safety in late June. The department anticipates the investigation will be finished by the end of July.

Source: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare