State Hospital South (SHS) is located in Blackfoot and 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. SHS is one of two state hospitals in Idaho. State Hospital North is located in north central Idaho in the town of Orofino.
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.
For information regarding employment opportunities contact: Sheryl Donnelly, Human Resources (208) 785-8480 or DonnellyS@dhw.idaho.gov.