State to allow Lewiston home for troubled teens to stay open

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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - State regulators will not revoke the operating license of a Lewiston facility for troubled children, allowing it to stay open.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare instead is not allowing new admissions at the Northwest Children's Home and will require the facility to make major changes to protect its residents from offenses found in an investigation last year.

The investigation found the home's residents were at risk of suffering from both physical and sexual assaults. Health and Welfare initially decided to revoke the home's license, but after an appeal changed its ruling.

New admissions will be banned until the home's next licensing survey in May. It is the second ban on admissions at the home since 2015.

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