"We're pleased to see a new era on the horizon for Idahoans with developmental disabilities. Hopefully this settlement will bolster the voice of these Idahoans, while also permanently protecting their constitutional rights."
IDHW Director Dick Armstrong told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee on January 18 that PCAP would require nearly $48 million in state funding over two years with $18 million required in its first fiscal year.
Officials with the Northwest Children's Home, headquartered in Lewiston, said it cost too much money to keep their Nampa doors open, telling the Idaho Press-Tribune earlier this month that the operation "struggled financially" and that the Board of Directors elected to close the Syringa House program by year-end.
Officials at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said they expect a formal report to reach their Boise offices within a week, at which time it will be reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the department.
"This bill would allow even more Idaho parents to use prayer as an excuse to avoid the medical needs of their children. If you allow this bill to pass, it will be responsible for the deaths of generations of children."