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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
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.
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