Behavioral Health

In accordance with state legislation, the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC) receives annual appropriations to provide community-based treatment services for justice-involved juveniles.  Within  IDJC, the Community, Operations, and Program Services (COPS) Division manages the Juvenile Justice Substance Use Disorder (JJ SUDS) Program, Community Based Alternative Services (CBAS) Program, and the Detention Clinician Program under the Behavioral Health Unit.  The management of these programs includes policy development, statewide planning, resources allocation, reimbursement, and continuous quality improvement strategies. 

Partnerships with Idaho’s counties and tribes are at the center of the state’s juvenile-justice system.  By allowing these funds to be authorized for treatment locally, this model provides substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, commitment prevention, and behavioral addiction treatment services for clients involved in the juvenile justice system who do not require commitment to the department.  These strong and viable partnerships have been vital in implementing and maintaining these statewide programs.

Substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and other behavioral health issues are significant risk factors for criminal behavior and recidivism.  Integrating treatment creates the best opportunity for successful rehabilitation for clients. Coordination with the courts, other behavioral health agencies, and service providers delivers the best opportunity to fully integrate treatment and supervision to better serve individuals and their families involved in the juvenile justice system. Juvenile probation officers manage individuals involved in the juvenile justice system.  The intent is not to duplicate an established delivery system, or to duplicate administrative functions and costs, but to support county and district juvenile justice staff to make decisions about services for juveniles that they already serve.

Juvenile Corrections Act

County juvenile justice agencies in association with the Idaho Supreme Court and the Legislature developed a set of administrative rules governing juvenile probation and detention centers by enacting the Juvenile Corrections Act (JCA) in 1995.  The operation of these programs reaffirms some basic parameters of the JCA.

  • The JCA requires that the Idaho juvenile justice system operate based upon the principles of the “balanced approach” (restorative justice) model.
  • The JCA created a juvenile justice system that promotes partnership between counties and state juvenile justice functions.

In addition, three of the five Idaho tribes also have their own set of juvenile justice code. 

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

The restorative justice model recognizes the community as a client of the system. Building effective recovery-oriented systems of care helps to ready the community for providing behavioral health services. 

Effective recovery-oriented systems of care require the use of evidence-based practices and include the following characteristics:

  • Providing a coordinated strategy for identification of clients and needs.
  • Recognizing the impact of trauma on behavior.
  • Engaging families to support recovery.
  • Building the capacity of natural supports to sustain recovery.
  • Emphasizing an individualized, flexible approach to services.
  • Enhancing and maintaining a continuous focus on improving practice.
  • Assuring effective service delivery by providers.
  • Coordinating engagement with the court and legal system.

Characteristics and Outcomes of Justice-Involved Youth in Idaho

Guidelines

Forms

SUDS Community Plans

This community-based program is responsible for the delivery and oversight of funding for justice-involved juveniles who have substance use disorder treatment needs.  The Program collaborates with Idaho counties and tribes, the Judiciary, and other stakeholders to build a responsive service delivery system of treatment for youth that are not committed to the IDJC.  By allowing funds to be authorized for treatment locally through district boards and tribal committees, this model is intended to provide timely screening, professional level assessment, treatment, and recovery support services in the community.

  • Funding Source and Budget – State general funds are allocated to counties and tribes and are based upon juvenile population census.
  • Target Population – Justice involved juveniles who are currently on juvenile probation or in a diversion program.
  • Eligible Participants – Counties or Tribes who have an approved district plan for providing substance use disorder services.

Resources

BPA Health website

How to find an approved BPA Health provider? Please access the BPA Health-IDJC Provider Network Search Tool to locate a provider.

What level of services do we offer? Only the presently authorized Levels of Service will be eligible for reimbursement and only at the rates prescribed in the established SUDS Rate Matrix.

Contact Kari Portales at jjsuds@idjc.idaho.gov for more information.

This community-based program is responsible for the delivery and oversight of funding for justice-involved juveniles who have mental health, and behavioral addiction treatment needs.  The Program collaborates with Idaho counties and tribes, and other stakeholders to build a responsive option for youth that are not committed or could be commitment/re-committed to the IDJC.  This model is intended to provide funding to support youth by allowing funds to be authorized for gap services directly from IDJC. 

  • Funding Source and Budget – State general funds from the IDJC based on county request and need.
  • Target Population – Justice involved juveniles who are currently on juvenile probation or in a diversion program.
  • Eligible Participants – Counties or Tribes who have an approved memorandum of agreement established with the IDJC.

Contact Jose Martinez, jjcbas@idjc.idaho.gov, for additional information or questions.

The Detention Clinician Program was established in SFY2009.  The program provides screenings and assessments to youth admitted to juvenile detention centers and supports 12 juvenile detention centers in Idaho.  Detention clinicians provide consultation with detention staff, parents, and probation staff regarding mental health and/or substance use services for juvenile offenders with identified needs.  Detention clinicians are available to youth for crisis intervention or in a counseling role and are instrumental in assisting youth in managing their behavior while in juvenile detention. Detention clinicians also assists in linking youth with community mental health and substance use services upon release from detention.  

  • Funding Source and Budget – State general funds from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and the IDJC.
  • Target Population – Youth admitted into juvenile detention centers.
  • Eligible Participants – Counties or Tribes who have an approved memorandum of agreement established with the IDJC. 

Contact Jose Martinez at jjcbas@idjc.idaho.gov for more information.

 

Behavioral Health Team

 

Liza Crook

Behavioral Health Program Manager
(208) 577-5449

 

Kari Portales

Behavioral Health Program Specialist
(208) 577-5450

Jose Martinez

Behavioral Health Program Specialist
(208) 577-5415

 

To develop productive citizens in active partnership with communities

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