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Edit: Idaho Ignores Warning, Suffers

Nearly four years ago, the Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health issued a warning: Continue to balance the budget on the backs of Idaho's mentally ill and reap a whirlwind:

  • More suicides.
  • More conflicts between the mentally ill and law enforcement.
  • And more work for the hospitals, including emergency rooms, as they respond to mental illness.

Its warning disregarded, the council watched as the budget-strapped Department of Health and Welfare closed some of its satellite offices in smaller communities and laid off 35 staffers, including 28 clinicians, from its Adult Mental Health Program/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does Idaho have the money to significantly address mental health problems in the state?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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