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Idaho Youth Ranch breaks ground on a large facility for vulnerable kids


The Idaho Youth Ranch will break ground on a large children’s long-term care facility in Caldwell.

The Idaho Youth Ranch Residential Center for Healing & Resilience will sit at 28371 El Paso Rd. The facility will include 64-beds for kids ages 11-17 who have ACES, or Adverse Childhood Experiences. This could mean the child underwent abuse or has lived with domestic violence.

“These kids are kids you would recognize,” Idaho Youth Ranch CEO Scott Curtis said during an interview with BoiseDev. “They’re kids that you know on your street… they’re kids your kids have in school as classmates, they’re your own children sometimes, and your own family members. And they need our help.” 

The residential facility will also take in low-income families. Often children on Medicaid are sent out of state because Idaho does not have many treatment facilities for them.

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IYR said the facility would help over 100 children each year. Curtis empathized during the interview how important this facility is for Idaho – noting that the only other accredited facility accepting Medicaid accepts girls only.

“Right now, we have about 120 Idaho kids on Medicaid who have been sent out of state because there are almost no options to get help in Idaho,” Curtis said in the news release. “They are joined by many more youth on insurance or private, whose families have had to look outside of Idaho for help. Many of these are kids who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse, or adversity.”

The details

The release says that children in the facility will get support from adults, psychiatric care, therapeutic treatment, year-round school, and 24-hour nursing. 

“Idaho Youth Ranch has a legacy of helping Idaho’s most vulnerable kids and families transform childhood trauma into hope, healing, and resilience,” Curtis said in the release. “That’s what we’ve done for nearly 70 years. Now, we can lead the region in care for our kids in a place that feels like home. The campus is everything great about Idaho, where young people will live in a beautiful setting and, rather than feeling punished for their trauma, feel supported.”

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The Idaho Youth Ranch raised $18 million since launching the quiet portion of the campaign last June and an additional $4 million since going public. In total, the facility is a $27.7 million dollar project.

“We love our community and know the importance of vulnerable kids getting the support they need to heal, learn, and grow,” said a trustee of the Tomlinson Family Foundation David Turnbull, who donated to the facility, “We challenge everyone to join with us and meet this match! We are excited to make it possible for Idaho’s kids to get the help they need by the virtue of Idaho’s generosity.”

Idaho Youth Ranch expects construction to take about 18 months and the facility to open in 2022.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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