The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the investigation Wednesday, saying the allegations appeared to be focused on employees assigned to just one unit of the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa. Seven of the center’s 25 residents were allegedly abused.
The department didn’t release details of the allegations, but said local police have been notified and the employees implicated in the complaint have been placed on paid leave.
“These actions go against everything we stand for and are being treated with the utmost urgency,” DHW Director Russ Barron said in a prepared statement. “The safety of our residents is our highest concern and priority, especially in this challenging environment.” More here.