IPUL's E-News: December 6, 2019
Here are the highlights of our recent activity online. Not all everything is included due to timeliness. If an advertised event already took place, we've left it off.
Lack of Residential Psychiatric Care in Idaho Causing Kids to Leave State For Care
We started off by sharing this story:
"Hundreds of beleaguered parents of children with serious emotional and mental health needs have found that Idaho has no place for their children to go for residential psychiatric care, so the only options are out of state.

Between 25 and 30 new applications for such care are filed each month in Idaho, said Ross Edmunds, administrator at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Behavioral Health. And about 100 children are in residential facilities now, he said.

Demand for those services has surged in recent years, Edmunds said. That is likely due to Idaho’s population growth, as well as better recognition of mental illness and the treatment options available, he said.

Edmunds said it should be “a last resort” to place a child in a facility far away from home. But it is necessary in some cases."

We Want Your News and Events!

If you have news, information or upcoming events in your town that are relevant to families who have children with disabilities or special health care needs and would like us to share that information, please email the details to parents@ipulidaho.org for review.

Our program coordinator will then share this via IPUL's social media networks. We are also happy to add events to our calendar for people to find.
Parent Leadership Development: Save The Date!
PLD save the date
On April 20-24, 2020, Idaho Parents Unlimited will be holding our annual Parent Leadership Development this year in Bear Lake, Idaho.

This is an intensive five-day training for Idaho parents of children with disabilities in which parents and IPUL staff stay together in a retreat-type setting.

This training takes place in a different region of the state each year to foster developing strong community leaders.

Parent Leadership Development is for a maximum of 12 parents. 

If you are interested in applying we will have full information and an application form on our website next week.
Panhandle Autism Society
Parent Support Group
Passing this along for people in North Idaho who are looking for more resources!
Families experiencing autism face unique challenges. The parent support group offers a place to connect with other parents, to learn more about autism, and to share the complex journey with others who understand. There are lots of opportunities to engage with other families and feel validated. #autiamawarenass #coeurdalene

The support group takes place the first and third Wednesday each month, from 6-8 PM at 411 N 15th St, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
For More information, click here.
Capitol Contemporary Gallery Auction - Our Thanks to Everyone Involved!
Beautiful evening at the Capitol Contemporary Gallery! We're so grateful to all of you and so many of Idaho's artists who gave of their time and talents to create a gorgeous ornament auction benefiting Idaho Parents Unlimited and our Work of Art program. Thank you!!

To see all the pictures click the image above or here

Join us!
 Statewide Training for December - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
December Flyer showing text over a sticker chart
Parents often need strategies beyond a sticker chart to encourage good behavior. This training will help you learn to manage your child's behaviors in ways that are consistent with the approach of Idaho's schools - focusing on prevention, not punishment.

 Wednesday, December 11, 2019
 10:00 -11:00 a.m. MST and again at  6:00-7:00 p.m. MST

 Broadcast live from the Boise office and interactive via webinar from anywhere with an internet connection
 Idaho Parents Unlimited
 4619 Emerald St., Ste. E
 Boise, ID 83706
 Phone: (208) 342-5884