Idaho enacts reforms on youth homes after grantee exposed mistreatment

Idaho Gov. Brad Little gives his State of the State speech in the House chambers of the State Capitol building on Jan. 9, 2023. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho’s governor signed into law two reforms that were introduced after InvestigateWest uncovered serious misconduct in facilities for troubled youth. One of the new laws will create a state oversight agency for youth homes, and the other will establish guidelines for placing troubled youth in group homes. In addition, the legislature commissioned an official investigation into oversight of youth treatment homes in the state. These reforms follow extensive reporting by Wilson Criscione of InvestigateWest, with support from the Fund, which documented rapes, beatings and other mistreatment in youth treatment facilities and uncovered poor state oversight.