This past February, the Idaho Legislature passed a landmark bill to set the state in a new direction to assist those struggling with a mental health crisis. As members of the Idaho House and Senate gave their bipartisan support for the measure, one-by-one, they shared stories from their constituents who struggled with their own crisis and how the current system puts an undue burden on Idaho law enforcement, who must choose between sending people in a crisis to an emergency room or a jail.
And later today, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is expected to announce that Idaho Falls will be the first city in the state to receive a new Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center.
The Legislatures agreed to fund the first center with $2.1 million.
Ultimately, it was the decision of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on where the first center would go.