For years, Idaho has been in the midst of a mental health crisis. According to a report from the CDC and NCHS, Idaho’s suicide mortality rate has remained within the top 10 highest in the nation for over 4 years, with the state reaching the 5th highest in 2017.
A lack of proper resources for mental health and/or substance abuse has been one reason accredited for these high numbers. In January 2019’s State of the State, Gov. Brad Little stated that there is a “clear nexus” between mental health and substance abuse, and encouraged intervention to be made in those two areas.
One such method of intervention has been the introduction of Behavioral Crisis Centers across the state.