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Community Conversation: The Future Of Idaho’s Fragmented Mental Health System

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 54,000 Idaho adults and 18,000 children are living with a serious mental health condition. That’s 4.5 percent of the population.

Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Nearly 22,500 Idahoans receive mental health treatment through Idaho’s Medicaid program.      nami

It’s the access to services, and a web of service providers, that have proven difficult for folks in need of care.

“We are so hodgepodge, and so fragmented that I don’t even think you could refer to our current state of affairs in Idaho with respect to mental health and substance abuse disorders as having any kind of system,” says Rep. Fred Wood. “We truly need to develop a centralized system, on a regional basis.”

Join Boise State Public Radio and the Idaho Statesman Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. for a panel discussion on Idaho’s fragmented mental health system. In conjunction with a week long series of radio, digital and print stories, we will lay out a picture of how people with mental health diagnoses are getting care – and brainstorm solutions for the future.

Our guests include Rev. Bill Roscoe from the Boise Rescue Mission, Tami Jones, the CEO of Idaho Behavioral Health, and Ross Edmunds, the division administrator of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Behavioral Health.

What: Panel discussion on mental health care in Idaho
When: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Where: Boise State Public Radio/Yanke Family Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise
Parking: Free!
RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance of the event as space will be limited to the first 200 respondents.

To learn more about the guests, and to RSVP, click here.

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