Youth Behavioral Health Community Crisis Centers

The Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC) was established in 2020 through a partnership between the three branches of Idaho state government. Upon the implementation of the Council’s strategic plan, investments for behavioral health that aligned with the mission of the Council were recommended to Governor Little. The Idaho Legislature approved the proposals for increased resources as recommended by the IBHC, and Governor Little signed them into law. A supplemental of one-time funding of $4.4 million in FY 2023 was appropriated to the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC) to establish youth crisis centers in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Similar to the adult models in Idaho, youth crisis centers will provide a short-term placement (23 hrs. 59 mins.) option for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis (actively self-harming, psychosis, etc.) that prevents them from remaining safely in their home. Youth crisis centers have been shown to reduce hospitalization, criminal charges, domestic violence, child abuse, and the need for residential treatment.

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