New Director for One Idaho Youth Facility While Another Closes Its Doors 

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Some big changes are in store for northern and north-central Idaho facilities that serve at-risk youth.

One week after the State of Idaho lifted its ban of new admissions at Lewiston's Northwest Children's Home, the facility has a new executive director.

Lewiston Police had reported that they had been contacted 260 times in 2014 regarding incidents at the facility which is home to approximately 65 children and teens. The minors have suffered from the worst kinds of neglect or abuse and are struggling with a myriad of diagnoses, including abandonment, trust and anger. In early April the Department of Health and Welfare put a lid on any new admissions following an inspection at the facility. Officials then said they would require weekly progress updates until they reassessed the operations. But on May 21, IDHW announced it had approved a plan of correction, leading the department to lift the ban on admissions.

And now, the Lewiston Tribune reports that Brian Pope has been named the new executive director of the Lewiston facility, replacing Rod Wilson who retired in May. Pope worked for many years of IDHW, ultimately serving as the Department's Region 2 Child Welfare and Mental Health chief.


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Meanwhile, major changes are in store for two service providers in the Coeur d'Alene area. The Associated Press is reporting that the Idaho Youth Ranch has announced it will be discontinuing residential drug and alcohol treatment for teen boys at its Anchor House program and will instead evolve the facility to offer outpatient services. Additionally, Crosswalk North Idaho (formerly Project Safe Place), which had served more than 160 adolescents at its youth drop-in center and outreach program, has lost its federal funding—it was turned down two times in as many years—and is being forced to close its doors.



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