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April 2024

April Health Observances

Autism Awareness Month

Building community and connecting with others is vital for mental well-being, and people with autism want these connections, too. Learn how you can help create an inclusive community for everyone.

Defeat Diabetes Month

Small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on your health when it comes to diabetes management. Learn how simple changes can have a significant impact on your health.

April EAP Spotlight & Trainings

Do you have a question about retirement savings, investing, getting out of debt? Your EAP has a wealth (no pun intended) of information to help you reach all your financial goals.  

From a call with a financial advisor, to financial calculators to help you save for a new car, buy a house, figure out time to retirement and tons of articles and webinars on a wide range of financial coaching topics all at your fingertips. Log into your EAP portal and select Member Resources.  

If you want to talk to a financial advisor, simply call 1-888-775-2252 to set-up an appointment.


Giving and Receiving Feedback- Management Training

Thursday, April 11, 2024

12:00pm – 1:00pm MST

Register Here!

Understanding Your EAP

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

12:00pm – 12:30pm MST

Register Here!

Food for Thought

Available Starting April 16, 2024 Login to your EAP at click “Member Resources” and look for the online seminar tab.

IDeal College Savings – Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is a great time to get started saving with an IDeal – Idaho 529 education savings account. IDeal gives you a variety of investment options and allows you to decide when and how much to save. It takes only $15 to open an account if you do payroll direct deposit, and by setting up an automatic deduction, your earnings have more potential to grow over time.

IDeal features significant tax advantages including a state income tax deduction of up to $6,000 for single filers – or $12,000 for couples filing jointly – per year from adjusted gross income for contributions. And, any Idaho taxpayer can receive the tax deduction for contributions. You don’t have to be the account holder. In addition, your earnings from an Idaho 529 are tax-free at both the state and federal level for withdrawals for qualified expenses.

Saving with IDeal is easy and convenient, and our staff are available to help with account set up or answer any questions you may have. We also have regular webinars to provide you with the information you need.  Go to to sign up, download IDeal’s mobile app (readysave 529), or call us at 208-332-2935 when you are ready to get started!

More information and a full disclosure statement including risks, terms and conditions, can be found on our website at

Idaho Office of Drug Policy

What are some interesting facts about ODP?

  • ODP maintains a list of permanent prescription drug disposal locations across the state and provides information and resources to help Idahoans easily find year-round drug disposal options in their communities. Learn more and find a location near you at
  • Decades of research have found children and youth who regularly eat with their family are less likely to smoke tobacco, drink alcohol, and engage in other risky behaviors. Eat Together Idaho is an ODP campaign that encourages Idaho families to make regular family meals a staple in their households and provides tools and resources to help make family meals easy, affordable and more meaningful. Learn more
  • Be the Parents is Idaho’s statewide underage drinking and youth marijuana use prevention campaign. Ran by ODP, the campaign works to prevent and reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use in Idaho. The campaign helps Idaho parents understand risks associated with underage drinking and youth marijuana use, provides resources to help parents prevent it, and directs parents to professional help if needed. Learn more at

How is ODP involved in the community & government?

  • The Office of Drug Policy leads Idaho’s substance use and misuse policy and prevention efforts by developing and implementing strategic action plans and collaborative partnerships to reduce drug use and related consequences.  ODP plays a crucial role in the delivery of statewide and local-level resources to communities for the comprehensive effort of preventing the initiation of or delaying the age at which substance use begins.

When was ODP founded?

  • The Office of Drug Policy (ODP) was established in 2007 by HB 106 (Idaho Code 67-821).

What are the services that ODP provides?

  • ODP provides substance use-related policy information, evidence-based primary prevention programming, community partnerships, strategic action planning, and public awareness/education.

What is the mission and vision?

Mission: The Idaho Office of Drug Policy leads Idaho’s substance use and misuse policy and prevention efforts by developing and implementing strategic action plans and collaborative partnerships to reduce drug use and related consequences.
Vision: The Idaho Office of Drug Policy envisions a safe and healthy Idaho free from the devastating impact of substance use on youths, families, and communities.

March 2024

March Health Observances

National Nutrition Month

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by making healthy choices! Learn more about nutrition basics and how to plan balanced meals.

Learn more nutrition tips

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Stay informed and talk to your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Learn more about colorectal health

National Poison Prevention Week

Some simple steps can help keep you and your home safe and prevent poisonings this National Poison Prevention Week.

Learn more about poison prevention

National Kidney Month

Did you know that an estimated 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease?

Learn how you can improve your kidney health

March EAP Trainings from BPA Health

For Employees and Management:

Understanding Your EAP

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

12:00pm – 12:30pm MST

Register Here!

Healthy Boundaries and Work Life Balance

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

12:00pm – 1:00pm MST

Register Here!

Bonding with Pets- Best (Furry) Friends

Available Starting March 19, 2024.

Login to your EAP at click “Member Resources” and look for the online seminar tab.

IDeal College Savings

Since 2001, IDeal has helped tens of thousands of families save for education, whether their dreams include enrolling in a college or university in or outside Idaho, a workforce training program or a qualified apprenticeship. IDeal provides built-in tax advantages, flexible uses, and easy enrollment that can help make education and training attainable for all Idahoans.

The tax benefits of saving through the Idaho 529 program include an Idaho state tax deduction of up to $6,000 for a single filer and $12,000 for a couple filing jointly per year from adjusted gross income. Any Idaho taxpayer who contributes to an IDeal – Idaho 529 can take the state tax deduction. You don’t have to be the account owner to contribute and take the state deduction. It’s a great way for grandparents, other family, or friends to give a meaningful gift to a loved one. In addition, funds invested in Idaho’s 529 program grow tax deferred for both state and federal tax, as long as the funds are used for a qualified education expense.1

Starting an account is simple. You just need the account owner and beneficiary’s social security numbers. Then, visit, choose an initial contribution amount (as low as $25) and a payment method, and choose an investment option. It’s as simple as that.

Idaho Transportation Department

What are some interesting facts about ITD?

ITD is appropriated 1,592 employees, and we provide a direct service to the public.  We are the owners and operators of an integrated system of over 12,000 lane miles and 1,800 bridges.  We operate the Division of Motor Vehicles, partnering with over 100 county DMV offices to process more than 3.6 million total transactions each year.

Our Division of Aeronautics supports Idaho’s aviation community by assisting over 60 community airports with grant opportunities and airport planning.  ITD operates and maintains 32 backcountry airstrips, providing safety and education, and leading aviation search and rescue.

The Public Transportation Office leads statewide public grant administration and assists the state’s 49 public transportation providers.

Our agency operates under the direction of the seven-member Idaho Transportation Board.  The governor appoints the board members, who are confirmed by the Idaho Senate.

We celebrate innovation at ITD.  We have an employee-driven innovation program that is celebrating 10 years, in place since 2014.  Our employees vote to select and recognize the best of the best innovations each year.  Our innovative culture is who we are.  Last year, we calculate that ITD employee innovations saved about $12 million dollars.

How is ITD involved in the community, other than infrastructure?

External outreach is one of our five focus areas.  Here are just a few examples of ways we are connecting with our communities:

  • ACE Academy is designed to introduce high school students to aviation and space-related careers. As a participant in the ACE program, activities may involve field trips, forums, and a hands-on satellite project.
  • We have an Aviation art contest each year and put together a calendar.  First place gets to ride in an airplane and a copy of their artwork signed by Governor Little.
  • The Adopt-A-Highway started in 1990.  Volunteer groups commit to pick up trash from the roadside along a two-mile stretch of highway twice per year, deposit it in bags provided by ITD, and department maintenance crews then gather the bagged litter and haul it away.  Over the years, the Adopt-a-Highway program has accounted for millions of dollars in savings that were then redirected to highway construction and needed maintenance to improve highway and bridges.
  • Through the Operation Wildflower Program, individuals and groups have the opportunity to volunteer in ITD-approved wildflower planting on certain approved highway sections.
  • Our Office of Highway Safety focuses on behavioral safety and does many events out in the community.  They have car seat technicians throughout Idaho to check car seats for anyone who would like to take advantage of this free service.  They also go to schools and community groups to talk about seat belt safety, engaged driving and other important ways to drive safely.  They also do a seat belt demo using a Barbie jeep and eggs to demonstrate the importance of buckling up.  They have a Shift campaign using Stanley the Sasquatch, who invites everyone to drive well, Idaho. 
  • SNOW, or “Safely Navigate our Winter,” is an employee-led public outreach program to teach drivers about winter driving and snowplow safety. Employees visit driver’s education classes, schools and more to teach directly to the next generation of drivers. The goal is to prevent crashes between cars and snowplows.

When was ITD founded?

The Idaho Legislature created the State Highway Commission in 1913.  In 1950, the Idaho Department of Highways was reorganized and placed under the direction of a governing board.  The Idaho Department of Highways became the Idaho Transportation Department 50 years ago, in 1974.

What are the services that ITD provides?

Administration: Office of Civil Rights, Office of Communication, Governmental Affairs, Financial Planning, Highway Safety, Procurement, Internal Review, Economics and Research

Aeronautics: 61 community airports; 32 backcountry airstrips; search and rescue

DMV: registrations; plates; titles; driver’s licenses; ID cards; motor carrier services; ports of entry; vehicles dealers; 3.6 million transaction in over 100 county offices

Highways: Asset Management, Central Lab, Public Transportation, Bridge, Environmental Services, Highway Design, Right of Way, Design and Construction, Planning and Scoping, Operations and Maintenance, Data Analytics, Construction and Materials

Enterprise Technology Services and HR

What is the mission, vision, and values?

Mission: Your Safety.  Your Mobility.  Your Economic Opportunity

Vision: Enhancing quality of life through transportation

Five Focus Areas: Employee Safety, Ideal Workplace, Invest with Purpose, External Outreach, Innovation

((See attached document showing how it all works together))

What locations does ITD have? I know you have regional offices and the headquarters, but I wasn’t sure if there were any other you wanted to mention?  

ITD has a HQ in Boise, and is broken down into six districts:

  • District 1 is based out of Coeur d’Alene
  • District 2 is based out of Lewiston
  • District 3 is based out of Boise
  • District 4 is based out of Shoshone
  • District 5 is based out of Pocatello
  • District 6 is based out of Rigby

We also have an Aeronautics building located on the southeast portion of the Boise Airport.  We have more than 700 facilities total throughout the state, including Supply Shops, Maintenance Buildings and Rest Areas. 

February 2024

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Prioritize your heart health with simple tips you can add to your daily routine!

Learn more Heart Health Tips

Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 11th – February 17th)

What you eat makes a big difference when it comes to your heart health. Learn what foods are best for you and your long-term heart health.

Learn more about eating for a healthy heart

State of Idaho Employee Assistance Program

Seeking help from a counselor can improve your work and personal life by reducing stress and enhancing relationships. Our EAP offers various communication options with mental health professionals, including in-person, video, and more, tailored to your needs. Check out all of the EAP resources below from the Idaho Office of Group Insurance.

IDeal College Savings

Open a new IDeal College Savings Program account online from February 1st to February 29th, 2024, and set up a recurring contribution from your bank account or paycheck to fund it. In return, a $25 contribution will be made to your new IDeal account as a bonus. Learn more here.

Idaho State Parks and Recreation

Interesting Facts about IDPR

  • Alongside the management of 30 state parks and trails, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) manages statewide recreation programs for snowmobiling, OHVs, boating, and non-motorized trails.
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park has the tallest single-structure sand dune in North America.
  • The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a 76-mile fully paved rail trail in north Idaho, has been voted Top 10 Rail Trails in America for many years running.
  • Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park boasts the oldest standing building in Idaho—the Cataldo Mission—which was originally built with no nails and the ceiling was painted with huckleberries. Built-in 1850 by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Jesuit Missionaries.
  • IDPR programs maintain thousands of miles of trails each year.
  • The agency distributes an average of $9 million in grants annually with the paramount year being over $14 million.
  • Heyburn State Park is not only the oldest state park in Idaho, it’s the oldest state park in the Northwest.
  • Farragut State Park memorializes the former Farragut Naval Training Station, the second-largest naval training base in the world at the time (1942 – 1946). More than 290,000 soldiers were trained here.

Community Involvement

  • Our grant programs help fund recreation projects across the state.
  • Our communications department works to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention efforts across the state, specifically for veterans, service members, and their families.
  • Idaho’s state parks and recreation programs are huge economic drivers for many rural communities.
  • Our rangers often partner with local libraries and schools to provide educational opportunities to children and their families.
    • IDPR partners with the Idaho Commission for Libraries on the Youth Explorer Program, which gives free park passes to children who meet their summer reading goals.
  • Our recreation bureau offers free recreation safety courses all year long, all over the state. From avalanche safety, companion rescue, snowmobile operation, OHV courses, and more.
  • IDPR works with a myriad of different nonprofits and other organizations like the Girl Scouts of America for community service projects and more.

When was IDPR founded?

  • 1965

What are the services that IDPR provides?

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Hiking trails
  • Biking trails
  • Motorized vehicle registration and fund distribution
  • Trail management
  • Recreational Vehicle Safety Courses (snowmobile, boating, and OHV)
  • Boat registration management
  • History
  • Historic rental homes
  • Education and Interpretation: environmental, historical, cultural, natural resource, and more
  • Snow grooming/Nordic trails
  • Disc Golf
  • Swimming
  • Rock climbing
  • Fishing
  • Paddle opportunities
  • Experience Idaho Loaner Backpacks
  • IDFG Loaner Fishing Rods
  • Nature resource management, forest management
  • Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing
  • Yurts
  • Wedding venues
  • Event venues
  • Night sky viewing, observatory
  • Massive economic impact

Mission, Vision, Values

  • Our Mission
    • Improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.
  • Our Vision
    • We are innovators in outdoor recreation, committed to excellent service and resource stewardship. We foster experiences that renew the human spirit and promote community vitality.
  • Our Values
    • Integrity, compassion, service, stewardship, and commitment

What are IDPR locations?

  • All over the state! We have three regional offices in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. And 30 beautiful state parks and trails all over!

January 2024

New Habits for 2024

We’ve all heard the quote “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” Does this sound like you? If you begrudgingly answered yes, it might be time to develop new habits this year. But how?

  1. Commit to at least 30 days
  2. Make it a daily thing— consistency is crucial
  3. Start small— even a baby step in the right direction is progress
  4. Check in with yourself after two weeks when people typically begin to “fall off the wagon”
  5. Challenge yourself to drink more water each day. You could even shoot for a gallon!
  6. Take it easy on the processed foods. Aim for more wholesome, fresh options. (Stick to the grocery stores’ outer aisles.)
  7. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month! You can help reduce your risk of cervical cancer by getting routine screenings starting at age 21, and by getting the HPV vaccine. Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.

Learn more:

National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month, and your donation can save lives and make a profound impact on those in need. Learn more about where you can find a blood donation center near you:

Thyroid Awareness Month

Did you know your thyroid regulates essential hormones affecting your body’s functions? Understanding signs of when your thyroid might be having a problem is an important part of maintaining your overall health.” Learn more:

IDeal College Savings

If you have been thinking about opening a 529 education savings account to save for education for your kids, grandkids, or even yourself, the new year is a great time to get started. IDeal, Idaho’s official 529 education savings program, allows you to decide when and how much to save. It takes only $25 to open an account ($15 if you do payroll direct deposit), and you can set up automatic contributions through payroll direct deposit or from a bank account.

If you open an account starting on February 1, we will match your first $25 contribution!

IDeal features significant tax advantages including a state income tax deduction of up to $6,000 for single filers – or $12,000 for couples filing jointly – per year from adjusted gross income for contributions. And, any Idaho taxpayer can receive a tax deduction for contributions. You don’t have to be the account holder. In addition, your earnings from an Idaho 529 are tax-free at both the state and federal level for withdrawals for qualified expenses.

As of January 1, there is a new option for 529 savers who have money left in a 529 after their education needs are met. Rollovers will be permitted from a 529 plan account to a Roth IRA without incurring federal or state income tax or penalties, subject to conditions including that the Roth IRA must belong to the 529 account beneficiary and the 529 account must have been open for at least 15 years. You can review the Program Description for additional information.

Want to find out more?  We have regular webinars to provide you with the information you want.  Go to to sign up, or call us at 208-332-2935.  When you are ready to get started, it only takes $25 and 10 minutes!

More information and a full disclosure statement including risks, terms, and conditions, can be found on our website at

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What is the Industrial Commission?

The Industrial Commission is responsible for administering the Idaho Workers’ and Crime Victim Compensation Laws.  We are responsible for:

Regulating workers’ compensation activities in Idaho, including companies licensed to issue workers’ compensation policies.

Ensuring that employers have workers’ compensation coverage as required by law.

Settling disputes between injured workers, employers, and insurers.

Deciding appeals for unemployment decisions from the Idaho Department of Labor.

Assisting injured workers by supporting their medical recovery while facilitating a timely return to employment that is as close as possible to the worker’s pre-injury status and wage.

Providing compensation to innocent victims of crime through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.

When was the IIC founded?

Through the “Grand Bargain,” which removed all workplace injuries from private controversy and provided a statutory remedy protecting the interests of both labor and industry, the Industrial Commission has administered the Workers’ Compensation laws of the State since 1917.

What is the mission, vision, and values?

Mission: Fairly administer the Idaho Workers’ and Crime Victims Compensation Laws.

Vision: Cultivate an Idaho Workers’ Compensation system that is cooperative, supportive, and equitable for workers and employers in addressing the effects of workplace injuries and illnesses, and to meet the needs of crime victims by progressively, compassionately, and effectively easing the impact of crime.


Ethical Practices and Behavior

We conduct our daily business per local, State, and federal laws and the Idaho Code of Judicial Conduct

We are committed to maintaining neutrality in all interactions with our constituents and reviewing each situation objectively

We encourage our employees to take pride in their work and promote professional, respectful behavior

Quality Customer Service

We strive to provide prompt service and accurate information

In addition to our main administrative office in Boise, we maintain 10 field offices throughout the state, so our customers have convenient access to services

We continuously review our communication platforms to ensure that content is informative, current, and easily accessible

Effective and Efficient Operations

We use our resources responsibly, keeping in mind the “big picture” of the agency’s goals

We strive to streamline our processes to improve efficiency and serve Idahoans effectively

Challenging and Positive Work Environment

Our employees are our most valuable resource; we encourage mutual respect, teamwork, innovation, and progressive leadership

Is there more than one location? The Industrial Commission employs 133 employees within ten offices across the state. Our offices can be found in Boise, Burley, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Payette, Pocatello, Ponderay, and Twin Falls.

Learn more about the Idaho Industrial Commission by visiting their website: Idaho Industrial Commission

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