Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC)

Welcome to the Idaho Behavioral Health Council site.

It is our vision that adults, children, and their families who live with mental illness and addiction receive the behavioral health care services they need when they need them. We believe if this vision is realized, then people in Idaho will have a better quality of life, reduced risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, and make our communities healthier, safer places to live.

Latest News

  • The Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC) Meeting will take place on Friday, May 21st, 2021 from 9am - 12pm MST. This meeting will take place online and in the Lincoln Conference Room, Idaho Supreme Court Building, 451 W State Street, Boise, ID 83702. The agenda will be provided shortly. 

If you plan to attend a meeting in-person, pursuant to Section 7(a) of the April 22nd, 2020 Idaho Supreme Court emergency order: “While in a courthouse, any person attending or participating in a court proceeding or doing court business must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.” Masks will be provided for anyone that does not have one.  

IBHC Survey Results

See information about four surveys that were designed for stakeholder groups in Idaho. 


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Welcome to the Idaho Behavioral Health Council
Resources, Agendas, Meeting Materials


Future IBHC meeting dates:

  • 6/4/2021
  • 6/18/2021




Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC)
IBHC Advisory Board
IBHC Public Comment Events
IBHC Workgroups

IBHC Programs & Services Workgroup

IBHC Commitments Workgroup

IBHC Housing Workgroup

IBHC Criminal Justice Workgroup

IBHC Prevention-Early Intervention Detection Workgroup

IBHC Children & Youth Workgroup

IBHC Clinical Care Workgroup

Council Members

Members of the Behavioral Health Council:

Ex Officio
  • The administrative director of the state courts or a designee - Sara Omundson
  • Idaho Department of Corrections director or designee - Josh Tewalt
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare director or designee - Dave Jeppesen
  • Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections director or designee - Monty Prow
Members appointed by the Governor
  • A representative from the Idaho Department of Education - Eric Studebaker
  • One county elected official - Brent Mendenhall
  • One member of the public - Jennifer Griffis
Members appointed by the Chief Justice
  • A presiding judge of a treatment court - Gene Petty
  • One member of the public - David Pate
  • One member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House -  Laurie Lickley
  • One member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Minority Leader of the House - Brooke Green
  • One Senator appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate - Jeff Agenbroad
  • One Senator appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate - David Nelson

Dave Jeppesen, director of the Department of Health and Welfare, and Sara Omundson, administrative director of the courts will serve as co-chairs.

Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC)
For questions or concerns, please email the IBHC.