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October 26, 2016

National Recovery Month Events

September is Recovery Awareness month and great activities will be happening across the country.  This year’s theme is “Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” Please join us on September 8 at 10:30 at the Idaho State Capitol as Lt. Governor Brad Little presents a proclamation declaring September as recovery awareness month. There will be a recovery-oriented art display and people speaking about recovery. We will be presenting an award to Idaho’s very first Champion of Recovery and recognize seven Advocates for Recovery from across the state. 

This event will be held in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol.  Presentations begin at 10:30 am (MT).  For more information please contact Crystal Campbell at

For streaming of the event, please click here and select the Lincoln Auditorium.


Darrell Keim was selected as this years Idaho Champion of Recovery.  Darrell is the Director of the Latah Recovery Center and has been a valuable asset to the community.  Darrell was nominated by the Region 2 Behavioral Health Board, who said Darrell has been, "...the force behind the development, formation and realization of the Latah Recovery Center."

Darrell has been a key player since the concept of the Latah recovery center was developed and has been the "face of the recovery community in our rural college community."  To gain support, Darrell organized a panel including individuals in recovery, a district judge, and organizational leaders from the community.  After the Latah Recovery Center opened in September 2015, Darrell became the Director.  He has built relationships throughout the community and is active in recruiting and training volunteers.  

Darrell has also been successful in using Quality of Life, Assessment of Recovery, and Wellness Self-Assessment tools as ways to manage the success of the center.  

According to the Region 2 Behavioral Health Board, "Darrell works tirelessly on the Recovery process.  As a result of his efforts the Latah Recovery Center is a well respected member of the community in Moscow."


GAIN Alternative Survey

The Partners (IDOC, IDJC, Supreme Court, and DHW) are beginning research on comprehensive behavioral health assessment tools that may be considered as an alternative to the GAIN I instrument as Idaho’s standard assessment in the future. The information gathered through this research is currently intended for informational purposes and may or may not result in a replacement for the GAIN I tool.
As the preliminary research is being conducted, we ask for you to participate in a short survey to help identify recommendations and considerations that should be taken into account.  This survey is now available and will be open until November 4, 2016.
We value your feedback as we work to see if there is an alternative to the GAIN I Assessment that meets the needs of behavioral health providers statewide and the individuals they serve.  In order to participate in the survey, please go to:

Substance Use Disorder Services Program

The Division of Behavioral Health’s Substance Use Disorder Services Program can provide assistance if you need help with a drug or alcohol problem. Interpreter services and language assistance are available for anyone, including those with limited English speaking ability, the deaf and hard of hearing, and the blind and visually impaired.

Call 1-800-922-3406 for a screening and referral to an approved treatment facility. The amount you pay for services will depend on your financial situation. To qualify for assistance, you will be asked to provide financial eligibility information.

To speak with someone in the Division of Behavioral Health, call 334-6997.

The mission of the Division of Behavioral Health is to provide services of the highest quality by working together to inspire hope, recovery and resiliency in the lives of Idahoans living with behavioral health disorders and their families.

Current Version - Behavioral Health Standards eManual

The current version of Idaho's Behavioral Health Standards Electronic Manual is available by clicking HERE. The most recent update occurred on December 31, 2015, and included the addition of the following standards: 
Integrated Care, Treatment, and Services:

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Medication Assisted Substance Use Disorders Treatment


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Opioid Overdose Information

Naloxone is an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Legislation passed in 2015 made Naloxone available to anyone in Idaho by simply asking their pharmacist. The following two videos contain instructions for administering naloxone.