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October 23, 2018

Adult Mental Health

*Effective September 1, 2013, Optum is now responsible for management of the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan, which includes outpatient mental health and substance use services for adults and children who are enrolled in Idaho Medicaid. Questions regarding eligibility, coverage, and services can be addressed by accessing their website at or calling their member number at (855) 202-0973.

One of the most important things to remember about mental illness is people can and do recover.

Picture of two women smilingRecovery is cited as the “single most important goal” for the mental health service delivery system. (Transforming Mental health Care in America, Federal Action Agenda: First Steps)

Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential (SAMHSA statement on Recovery).

1. Self-Direction
2. Individualized and Person-Centered
3. Empowerment
4. Holistic
5. Non-Linear
6. Strengths-Based
7. Peer Support
8. Respect
9. Hope

10. Resources

Advocacy & Support

The Empower Idaho office [formerly the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (OCAFA)] is designed to serve as a voice and resource hub for individuals living with behavioral health concerns, family members, professionals, and providers. Please visit their website here to learn more and to get involved.