Panhandle Health District 800-878-2364

Region 1 Behavioral Health Board

An Integrated Network For Hope and Recovery


Region 1 Behavioral Health Board envisions a healthy community through a collaborative integrated network that promotes and sustains hope and recovery for all.


“The Mission of the Region 1 Behavioral Health Board is to advocate, educate, and ensure accessible care for those in need of Mental Health and Substance Abuse services, by developing and sustaining a network that promotes prevention and ready access
to a full range of services.”


Claudia Miewald, Board Chair

Mike Wraith, IDHW Representative
Laura Treat, IDHW Representative

Jill Ainsworth, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (208) 415-5103
Address: 8500 N. Atlas Rd. Hayden, ID 83835

About Region 1 Behavioral Health

Idaho Code 39-3132 establishes a Behavioral Health Board (BHB) in each Department of Health and Welfare region. While Idaho formerly utilized Mental Health Boards and Regional Advisory Committees on Substance Abuse in an advisory capacity in each region, the introduction of standalone Regional Behavioral Health Boards is an important element in transformation of Idaho’s Behavioral Health System of Care.

Regional Behavioral Health boards are governmental entities, but they do not have the power to levy taxes.

Regional Behavioral Health Boards

  • Advise the State Behavioral Health Authority and the state Behavioral Health Planning Council on the local behavioral health needs of adults and children within the region.
  • Advise the State Behavioral Health Authority and the Planning Council of the progress, problems and proposed projects of the regional service.
  • Promote improvements in the delivery of behavioral health services and coordinate and exchange information regarding behavioral health services in the region.
  • Identify gaps in available services and recommend service enhancements that address identified needs for consideration to the State Behavioral Health Authority.
  • Assist the Planning Council with planning for service system improvements. The Planning Council will incorporate the recommendations from the regional behavioral health boards into a annual report to the governor and legislature.
  • Annually provide a report to the Planning Council, the Regional Behavioral Health Centers and the State Behavioral Health Authority of its progress toward building a comprehensive community family support and recovery support system that shall include performance and outcome data as defined and in a format established by the planning council.

The regional board may establish subcommittees as it determines necessary and will, at a minimum, establish and maintain a children’s mental health subcommittee.

Additionally, Regional Behavioral Health Boards may accept the responsibility to develop and provide community family support and recovery support services in their region. The board must demonstrate readiness to accept this responsibility. The boards may also develop, or obtain proposals for, a petition for regional services for consideration by the state behavioral health authority.

How to Attend

Meetings are held virtually, via Webex. Log-in information is listed below:

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Alcoholics Anonymous

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Al-Anon/Alateen Hope and Help

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.

Co-Dependence Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Faith Based Recovery Groups

Find a faith-based recovery group near you.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol.

Tobacco Prevention/Cessation

Secondhand smoke causes nearly 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and 46,000 deaths from heart disease every year in the United States and can cause immediate effects on the cardio-vascular system.
Panhandle Health District provides assistance in developing and implementing tobacco free policies


Above the Influence

Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. We’re not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions.

Inhalant Abuse

It is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of inhalants. Don’t just say “not my kid.” Inhalant use starts as early as elementary school and is considered a gateway to further substance abuse.

Oxford House Website

Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Parallel to this concept lies the organizational structure of Oxford House, Inc. This publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation is the umbrella organization which provides the network connecting all Oxford Houses and allocates resources to duplicate the Oxford House concept where needs arise.

Prenatal Substance Exposure

In the United States, a risk factor for poor behavioral and developmental outcomes among children is prenatal exposure to substance use (Coles & Black, 2006). Public concern for children in general has made prenatal exposure a fundamental topic for research. Outcome studies of drug use among pregnant women continue to grow as an awareness of the consequences increase and drug epidemics spread (Coles & Black, 2006). Existent studies have found that a number of factors contribute to
substance use among pregnant women including environmental and familial triggers, which consequently have an effect on the development of a child (National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, 2006). What follows is a discussion about the contributing factors of substance use among pregnant women, its consequences, and possible paths to address the problem.

For Parents

North Idaho Family Magazine

The North Idaho Family Group, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, is a backbone organization that provides vehicles for communication, education, networking, and collaboration to area nonprofits to fulfill the important mission of building healthy families and lifelong learning in our community.

Parents Inhalant Abuse Information

Welcome to a web-based training on inhalant abuse designed especially for parents and guardians by the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Parents – The Anti Drug

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction into actionable information and guidance. We help families understand the ever-changing drug landscape, learn how to effectively communicate with teens, and provide direct support to parents dealing with a child’s drug use. And we strengthening communities by advocating for greater prevention efforts and improved access to treatment and recovery.

For Veterans

Service Member and Family Support

The Idaho State Joint SM & Family Programs acts as a network that allows SM & Families to mutually support one another. By providing SM & Families with information, education, resources, and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service member. SM & Family Programs helps ensure communication with one another and that no SM or Family “falls between the cracks.”

Veteran’s Resource Directory – 2012

This directory is a guide to Veterans Services. Use it to obtain information about services from various agencies and organizations located in Idaho and other surrounding states. It is not all-inclusive, but rather a reference guide to frequently requested services. Some listed agencies can help you directly, while others will refer you to the appropriate agency nearest you for help.