An audit of state drug abuse treatment services released by the Idaho Legislature’s office of “Operational Performance” concludes the Governor’s office and the Department of Health and Welfare have knowingly and brazenly ignored state law–for 10 years.
State officials have been able to flip the bird at the legislature and with good reason. While the law MANDATES Health and Welfare to provide detox and drug abuse services, there has been no funding. The law calls for commissions, meetings, reports, plans, etc. but it has all been ignored. One might say it is almost criminal.
The GUARDIAN broke this DETOX STORY. story October 1 when Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney attempted to arrange for a detox treatment facility in his new jail.
The need–especially among prison and jail inmates– is critical, but it is a duty of state government to step up and obey the laws they have ignored.
Raney is like a pit bull on the issue, forging ahead on his plans. We like the idea of a state funded facility. Citizens here are not the “State of Boise or the State of Ada” and we shouldn’t have to take up the slack when the state fails to do its duty. The detox treatment issue is just one of many areas the state Idaho has left up to locals to fund.
Meanwhile the legislature not only denies funding, they prohibit cities from charging local option taxes to pay for transportation, drug treatment and other services which are needed due to the rampant growth all politicians crave.
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