Press "Enter" to skip to content

UPDATE: Lockdowns lifted at Idaho’s adult psychiatric hospitals

EastIdahoNews.com file photo
UPDATE:
As of midday Tuesday, the lockdowns at State Hospital South and State Hospital North have been lifted, according to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr.
“(They) remain in a heightened state of awareness and security status,” she said. “They continue to work with law enforcement to evaluate the status of the threatening phone calls.”
No other information has been released.
ORIGINAL STORY:
BLACKFOOT — Two of the three state-operated psychiatric hospitals are lockdown.
On Monday, State Hospital South in Blackfoot and State Hospital North in Orofino locked down their facilities due to threatening phone calls received over the weekend and Monday, according to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr.
Officials did not release details about the threats but the hospitals have canceled evening visitations.
Forbing-Orr says both local and state law enforcement has been notified of the situation.
State Hospital South houses 110 psychiatric adult beds and 42 skilled nursing beds. The hospital operates a statewide program to restore the competency of those in the court system. State Hospital North is home to a 55-bed psychiatric hospital providing treatment for adults in psychiatric crisis.
IDHW also operates State Hospital West with 16 psychiatric beds for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old. It appears the juvenile hospital is not part of the lockdown.
The post UPDATE: Lockdowns lifted at Idaho’s adult psychiatric hospitals appeared first on East Idaho News.
Source: eastidahonews.com

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    %d bloggers like this: