Idaho Governor Backs Community-Based Mental Health Services

By CSG Justice Center Staff

Idaho Gov Otter

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter is supporting a recommendation from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to spend $11.2 million to provide community-based mental health services to about 7,400 people on felony probation and parole. Following the release of an annual report required by the state’s justice reinvestment legislation, which described a gap in state funding to address the mental health needs of this population, the new programming dollars are aimed at closing this gapĀ and providing services to help reduce recidivism.

More details about this initiative are available here and here.