Substance Abuse Services
The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections in partnership with Idaho Counties and with the Behavioral Health Cooperative is dedicating funds appropriated to IDJC to serve juvenile justice involved youth with substance use disorder needs, to support community based substance use disorder services for those juveniles. By allowing these funds to be authorized for treatment locally through district boards, this model is intended to provide timely screening, as well as professional level assessment, treatment and support services for juveniles established as needing substance use disorder services but who do not require commitment to the department.

The department and the counties have a successful history of collaboration in meeting the needs of juveniles, victims, and communities in the juvenile justice arena. Providing appropriate services in the community has been established in research nationally as the best opportunity to ensure the safety of the community and to avoid the negative impacts of commitment to state custody.