Health, social srvcs ombudsman
HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES – Adds to existing law to establish provisions regarding the Office of Health and Social Services ombudsman.

RS31475 / S1380

This legislation establishes an office of the health and social services ombudsman to monitor and evaluate the compliance of public agencies and private entities in the provision of health and social services policy for children under the care of the state and vulnerable adults.

• The ombudsman will respond to claims related to services provided to children in foster care, protective supervision, or residential treatment facilities in Idaho.

• The office operates independently of the legislature, the courts, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), and other state agencies.

• The ombudsman will establish and manage a procedure for receiving, examining, and resolving complaints.

• The office will also ensure that service recipients know their legal rights under Idaho and federal law.

• The office will produce an annual report on its work, the status of child welfare and adult protective services, along with any recommendations to the governor, the legislature, the director of DHW, the state public defender, the courts, and all other relevant state departments.

• Complaints submitted to the ombudsman can include events where an agency’s behavior was 1) contrary to law, rule, or policy; 2) imposed without adequate reason; or 3) based on irrelevant, immaterial, or erroneous grounds.

• Complaints can be submitted by the service recipient and other biological and legal representatives.

• For any individual who interferes or impedes the ombudsman with the duties of the office or retaliates against anyone who files a complaint, that individual will be guilty of a misdemeanor, which includes a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term of up to six months.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/28 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/29 Reported Printed; referred to Health & Welfare
03/05 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/06 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/07 Read third time in full – PASSED - 30-4-1
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Cook, Den Hartog, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hartgen, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Carlson, Foreman, Hart, Herndon
Absent and excused – Burtenshaw
Floor Sponsor - Lee
Title apvd - to House
03/07 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
03/07 Read First Time, Referred to Health & Welfare
03/14 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/15 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/18 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 50-20-0
AYES – Achilles, Allgood, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Beazer), Clow, Cornilles, Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Healey, Holtzclaw, Horman, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Raybould, Raymond, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Vander Woude, Weber(Mendenhall), Wheeler, Wroten, Yamamoto, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Alfieri, Andrus, Barbieri, Crane(12)(Crane), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Gallagher, Hawkins, Hill, Kingsley, Lambert, Mendive, Price, Redman, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Wisniewski, Young
Absent – None
Floor Sponsor - Raybould
Title apvd - to Senate
03/18 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/19 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/19 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
03/19 Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/20 Reported delivered to Governor at 4:52 p.m. on 03/19/24
03/26 Signed by Governor on 03/25/24
Session Law Chapter 188
Effective: 07/01/2024