NAMPA — An investigation into allegations of physical and psychological abuse and neglect by staff members at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa is now complete.
The investigation lead by the Department of Health and Welfare found the incident involved six employees. A press release from the Department of Health and Welfare said the employees have either voluntarily left employment at the treatment center or their employment was terminated.
The press release states the investigation found there were two main employees who psychologically and physically abused residents. The report added there was no sexual abuse.
Four of the employees knew about the psychological abuse by the two employees and did not report it, the press release said, which constitutes neglect.
“Six employees engaging in this type of conduct is six employees too many,” said DHW Director Russ Barron. “But I am pleased the investigation revealed the problem to be limited, and I am grateful to the quality SWITC employees who have continued to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for our residents there. The work environment at SWITC during this time was even more challenging than usual.”
The investigation began in late June after an employee reported concerns about resident safety. The Department of Health and Welfare also notified the Nampa Police Department of the allegations.
Nampa Police Department Sgt. Tim Riha told the Idaho Press-Tribune the department is investigating six separate cases for this incident. Riha said the police department’s investigation of the six employees will determine whether there will be criminal charges or not.
Riha said he does not know when the police department will conclude its investigation.