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Eye On Boise

Idaho wildfire victims offered free emotional-support hotline

People in Idaho affected by wildfires who need emotional support are being offered a free help line from Optum, the company that manages the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan; the toll-free emotional support help line is open to anyone. At (866) 342-6892, the line will be open 24/7, “for as long as necessary,” according to an announcement from Optum and its parent company, United Health Group. “The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs.” The company added, “Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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