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About Idaho's State Hospitals

State Hospital South
Contact Information:
700 East Alice
Blackfoot, Idaho 83221
Administrator – Tracey Sessions
(208) 785-8401

State Hospital South in Blackfoot provides psychiatric inpatient treatment and skilled nursing care for Idaho’s adult and adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and is certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. State Hospital South includes 90 psychiatric adult beds, 29 skilled nursing beds, and 16 beds for adolescents. It also maintains a statewide program to restore competency of criminal justice patients.

The 29 skilled nursing beds in the Syringa Chalet Nursing Facility offer services to consumers with a history of behavioral or psychiatric illness. The average age of a resident is 69. Adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 are treated in a psychiatric unit that is geographically separate from adult treatment.

Treatment is provided through an interdisciplinary team, including psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapeutic recreational specialists, and social workers. The team works with patients and their families to develop and implement individual treatment plans. Treatment includes evaluation, medications, individual and group therapy, education, recreation, and discharge counseling.



State Hospital North
Contact Information:
300 Hospital Drive
Orofino, Idaho 83544
Administrator – Ken Kraft 
(208) 476-4511

State Hospital North in Orofino is a 55-bed psychiatric hospital that provides treatment for adults in psychiatric crisis. The hospital collaborates with patients and their families, as applicable and the referring Regional Mental Health Centers to develop goals for hospitalization, and arrange follow-up care after an inpatient stay.

Hospitalization at State Hospital North is intended to be of short to intermediate duration with the objective of stabilizing presenting symptoms and returning the patient to community living in the shortest reasonable period of time. Length of stay is variable based on patient need and prevailing best practice within the mental health field. The average length of stay is approximately 70 days. At present, admissions to State Hospital North require commitment through the court system.

Treatment is individualized and is delivered within interdisciplinary treatment teams consisting of psychiatrists, a nurse practitioner, a medical doctor, licensed nurses, psychiatric technicians, masters-prepared clinicians, a psycho-social rehabilitation specialist, therapeutic recreation specialists, a dietitian and support personnel. The staff deliver a number of specialized services including: assessments and evaluations, medication management, a variety of therapies, opportunities for community integration, involvement in recreational and educational activities, and discharge planning. The facility uses the Recovery Model in treatment and promotes alignment with the patient in developing a self-directed care plan to assist them in working towards their own recovery goals.