In 1995, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare organized Citizen Review Panels in each of its seven regions to examine how Idaho's Child Protection System worked and to make recommendations for improving the system. In 2018, the Idaho Legislature amended Idaho Code to transition oversight of the Citizen Review Panels to Idaho’s seven local public health districts.
The Citizen Review Panels are comprised of up to seven volunteers that reside within the boundaries of the public health district. Each Citizen Review Panel is tasked with reviewing all cases brought under the child protective act that have been open in the corresponding district court, or other appropriate local jurisdiction, longer than 120 days.
Members of the District IV Citizen Review Panel are from all walks of life and bring varying levels and types of experience along with sharing a strong desire to improve the lives of children.
Panel participants have undergone an application and interview process and a criminal history background check.
Citizen Review Panel meetings generally occur on the first Tuesday of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Syringa Conference Room at Central District Health in Boise.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meetings.
Courtney Boyce, MPH
Health Education Specialist, Central District Health