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Idaho courts report big jump in mental commitment cases over past five years

Idaho state courts are reporting an 82 percent increase in the number of involuntary mental commitment cases filed vs. five years ago, and the startling statistic has some judges wondering if budget cuts to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the poor economy are partly to blame. “It's a tough question with a complex set of factors,” Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Michael Anderson, who handles many mental commitment cases, told the Associated Press. “There's been, with the economy, some people who have lost their jobs and that are depressed, so we've seen a few of those. But overall, the pie just seems to be bigger — the numbers of people just seem to have increased.” Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

Judge: District ‘trying to hide its decision-making from the public’ re $105K payout

An eastern Idaho judge has ordered the Blackfoot School District to release all documents surrounding a separation agreement and a consulting fee by mid-week, the AP reports. Sixth District Judge David Nye issued the order Friday afternoon in response to an open records lawsuit filed by former Blackfoot teacher Joyce Bingham and the Post Register in Idaho Falls. Bingham and the newspaper sued after the district refused to make public a separation agreement between the school board and former Superintendent Scott Crane, as well as details of a contract payout worth more than $105,000.

“Everything about this case smacks of a public agency trying to hide its decision-making from the public,” the judge wrote. “Parties cannot exempt a public record from disclosure and hide it from the public simply by placing it in a personnel file and declaring the personnel file exemption to be applicable to it.” Click below for the full AP report.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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