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posted on January 19, 2010 07:56


Dept. of Health and Welfare Closes Offices Every Other Friday Afternoon
Due to budget reductions, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will close all 48 of its offices for a half day every other Friday afternoon until the end of the current fiscal year.
DHW offices will close for business at noon on:
  • January 22
  • February 5 and 19
  • March 5 and 19
  • April 2, 16 and 30
  • May 14 and 28
  • June 11
DHW employees will take 4 hours of unpaid furlough during the office closures, resulting in a state general fund savings of approximately $1.5 million. During these closures, the DHW Director’s office will remain open. The closures will not affect essential services such as crisis response for mental health or response to child protection calls for abuse or neglect. Also, the state’s two state mental health hospitals and IdahoStateSchool and Hospital will maintain 24/7 operations.
People seeking assistance during those hours can access information through the DHW website at, or they can contact office staff on the following Monday.