September 22, 2008

State of Idaho Awards $1M for Mental Health Services

By Anonymous

Five Idaho mental health services projects will receive $1 million from the state's Behavioral Health Development Grant Program, with the largest portion going to a pilot project to develop and implement a statewide suicide prevention hotline.

The suicide prevention project, being led by Idaho State University, will receive nearly $375,000 to cover a two-year period of design, implementation and evaluation. Health officials say it is expected most of the calls will originate from the state's population centers, but the hotline will provide outreach to traditionally under-served rural counties.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans 15 to 44 years-of-age, giving it the seventh highest suicide rate in the nation.

Other projects to receive funding through the grant include:

$350,000 to the New Bridges Community Church in Lewiston for the purchase and improvement of a transitional shelter for up to 33 men; $112,000 to the Clearwater Economic Development Association for development of a business model to support a TeleMental Health system that offers adults and children psychiatric services through teleconference; $110,000 to Bonneville County for law enforcement crisis intervention training, and transitional housing in Madison, Fremont, Jefferson and Teton counties; $52,000 to the five northern-most counties for mental health-related crisis intervention training for law enforcement.

The 2008 grant allocations mark the third such funding appropriation from the Idaho Legislature. Applications were reviewed and scored by the Idaho Departments of Health and Welfare, Correction, Juvenile Corrections and the Idaho Supreme Court.

Credit: IBR Staff

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