Families threaten lawsuit against Nampa treatment center

Posted at 10:30 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:30:53-04

NAMPA — Families of residents at a State-run treatment center for developmental delays and mental illness say they intend to pursue a class action lawsuit against the state.

Relatives say there has been “abuse, neglect, illegal restraint and humiliation” at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa. One resident died in 2017.

The families filed notice of a forthcoming lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare -- and are seeking negotiations with state officials.

The notice follows two years of legal action regarding staff conduct at the state-run center.

An advocacy group called Disability Rights Idaho says it found 49 cases of abuse and neglect during a year-long investigation.

Health and Welfare Department officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

(by Associated Press)