Idaho Behavioral Health Council seeks public comment to inform new strategic plan

DHW Communications

The Idaho Behavioral Health Council is hosting an event from 5-7 p.m. MDT (4-6 p.m. PDT) on Tuesday, March 30, via Zoom, to accept public comment that will help develop a strategic plan to be published in June. Registration is required by March 23.

The council involves Idaho’s three branches of government (the Executive Branch, Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho Legislature) working to improve care for Idahoans with mental health and substance use disorders. Thirteen members are working collaboratively with local government, educators, and community partners to develop the statewide strategic plan — comprising action-oriented recommendations that improve access to care and a timeline to accomplish them.

The public comment event is a chance to provide comments and ask questions about items that should be included in the strategic plan.

Meeting instructions and a Zoom link will be emailed to registrants after registration closes. Please use the same name for registration and Zoom log-in.

Those who prefer not to testify at the event may submit comments during the registration process or email them to The event will be available to watch on the council’s YouTube page.

The public will have a second chance to comment on the council’s work later this spring when the draft plan is available for review.

It is the council’s 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. Council members 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 Idaho communities healthier, safer places to live.

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Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Manager
Department of Health and Welfare
(208) 334-0668


Nate Poppino
Court Communications Manager
State of Idaho Judicial Branch