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Idaho slashes substance abuse treatment services due to budget shortfall

Idaho’s state health agency has dramatically cut its spending on substance abuse treatment, due to a budget shortfall that took officials by surprise last fall, the Idaho Statesman reports. The cuts, which could last through the end of June, do not affect people who started...

Police: SW Idaho patient died as center staff skipped checks

Authorities say a 27-year-old man found dead at a southwest Idaho state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities had not been checked on for hours and died when his body position prevented him from breathing.

Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images? A tide of high-profile sexual misconduct accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members has raised these questions.

Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action

The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.

Six disciplined after abuse allegations at home for disabled

Six employees at a treatment center for people with severe disabilities have lost their jobs after an investigation concluded that some staffers physically and psychologically abused residents, Idaho’s welfare agency said Tuesday.

Idaho investigating abuse allegations at state home for disabled

Idaho's welfare agency is investigating allegations that staffers physically and psychologically abused and neglected some residents at a state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the investigation Wednesday, saying the allegations appeared to be focused on...

Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill

A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured treatment center. All involved agree it’s a move in the right direction. But it’s a short-term step – and big questions remain about how to help her and other Idahoans in extreme distress.