(From the Desk of the Governor, August 11, 2023; Cover photo credit: Bannock County)

On Tuesday, I had the honor of celebrating the opening of a new safe teen assessment center in Pocatello.  [The Village–see announcement here]

This center will provide early intervention services for youth at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system and child welfare program.

For the past three years, we have seen a lot of progress in advancing our behavioral health priorities in Idaho – including setting aside funding to make centers like this a possibility.

Promoting safe communities is our top priority.

That’s why we established the three-branch Behavioral Health Council just over three years ago.

Never before have the executive, legislative, and judicial branches come together to make a shared vision on behavioral health become reality.

Our vision is for Idahoans who live with mental illness and addiction – and their families – to receive the behavioral health care services they need when they need them.

I am proud that my “Leading Idaho” and “Idaho First” plans have achieved ALL the behavioral health initiatives we have put forward – all of which were recommended by the Idaho Behavioral Health Council.

Click here to learn more about our investments into behavioral health services!

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