IPUL's E-News for March 5, 2021
Here are the highlights of our recent activity online. Not everything is included due to timeliness. If an advertised event already took place, we've left it off.
H233 Passed the House!
H233 passed unanimously through the Idaho House of Representatives this week. It will now be heard in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Monday, March 8th at 3:00 pm MST.

This bill amends the Children's Mental Health Services Act by adding language that prevents children who have a serious emotional disturbance from being removed from the custody of their parents when a family is seeking treatment and interventions which may include in-patient hospitalization and/or an out-of-home placement for residential treatment.

If you have personal experiences with seeking mental health treatment for your child that resulted in interactions with Child Protection Services or other issues related to this bill that you would like to share, you can provide testimony at the Legislature in-person or via written testimony. You may provide written testimony without including your full name by emailing your testimony to shel@senate.idaho.gov.

Remote testimony does not appear to be available in this committee.

Please see the attached agenda for more information.

Free Forum on Disability and Law Enforcement
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Our friends in the Panhandle Autism Society are hosting a free forum Saturday, April 10, 2021 on Disability and Law Enforcement information:

Join Detective Gus Wessel and Jennifer Cork, LCSW as they review information important for individuals with disabilities, parents, and caregivers/professionals on how they can help support and facilitate safe interactions between individuals with disabilities and members of law enforcement.

Topics Include:

Lost/found persons
Family/caretaker violence
Suspicious person reports
Mid-criminal investigation
Interacting with the court system (NEW INFORMATION!)

Autism and other disability safety cards will be available to attendees only.
Training contains updated information, please feel free to attend, even if you have attended in the past.

Disclaimer: Anyone outside of North Idaho is welcome to attend, but keep in mind that a lot of the content of the forum is related to the officer training that Detective Gus Wessel and Jennifer Cork, LCSW have been doing with local first responders (5 norther counties of Idaho) and the feedback that local law enforcement want the community to know. Thank you for your interest in this important topic.

CEUs available

For TICKETS: email jcork@blpspsychology.com
Congratulations to Jim Baugh, 2021 Recipient of the Marylyn Sword Award!
You can watch the archive where this was announced by clicking the image above or this link.

Join us all in celebrating Jim Baugh, the 2021 recipient of the Marilyn Sword Award!

Also, Jim, Marilyn, and Kelly are the people who shaped so much of our work at Idaho Parents Unlimited and my work, in particular.

Congrats, Jim! Thank you for your incredible dedication to individuals with disabilities in Idaho!

~Angela Lindig, IPUL Executive Director
March 2021 Statewide Training:
Getting and Keeping the First Job
(Youth & Parents)
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Getting and Keeping the First Job (Youth & Parents) - IPUL's March 2021 Statewide Training

 For both youth and parents, this training will be on tips and strategies for youth 
with disabilities  to get and keep their first job. 
Taking Place: 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 PM MST via ZOOM

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Contact Idaho Parents Unlimited!

The best method to reach us for assistance is through our website:  
https://ipulidaho.org/connect-with-us#contact-us-here . You can also shoot us a question using the abbreviated version of that form at the bottom of every page on our website, although we may need to get more information from you.

We monitor our intake phone line (208-342-5884) several times a day, and will try to respond to any request there within 24 hours. We use an automated intake phone system, so you will be leaving a message.

For questions that are not about something in our scope of work, you can still leave a phone message as above, send the question to the form on our website, or shoot us an email at parents@ipulidaho.org.

We keep our website updated with new news and events, and maintain a presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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