Idaho Behavioral Health Resources

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Idaho Publicly Funded Mental Health Services Guide

Many people don’t realize that publicly-funded mental health services are available in their state. People looking for free or low-cost counseling often think their only options are counselors in private practice and don’t know that publicly-funded providers in their communities may also offer counseling services.

While state-based programs are not for everyone, they’re often a great place to start for people who face geographic or financial barriers to therapy. Intake specialists at community mental health programs can help people learn whether they qualify for state-funded services and can refer people who don’t qualify to other low-cost programs that may be able to meet their needs. Find the guide here.

IdaHope Mental Health Directory

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Crush the Curve – Directory of Hope

The Directory of Hope’s mission is to provide a comprehensive and reliable directory of mental health resources to the people of Idaho.

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If you feel you cannot keep yourself safe, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911. If you want someone to talk to or need referral information, there are Behavioral Health Crisis Resources available to you. Find your region’s contact information here:

Phoenix House

A recovery home in Boise, Phoenix House is laser focused on providing individual connection and support for each member of their home. Their leadership team in each home is dedicated to accepting each person where they are in their life with love, acceptance, and without judgement.

Phoenix House operates several recovery homes in the Treasure Valley including a women’s safe and sober house that accepts women with children and others that house men who are custodial parents.

Find Naloxone and Idaho Testing

Find naloxone and the Safer Syringe Program along with other testing and prevention services at this Health and Human Services site. Access here

State Hospital South
700 East Alice
Blackfoot, Idaho 83221
(208) 785-8401

State Hospital North
300 Hospital Drive
Orofino, Idaho 83544
(208) 476-4511

State Hospital West
1652 11th Ave N
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 606-7777

Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline

Available 24/7 . Help is Waiting. Call or text 988.

If you are struggling with a mental or emotional problem, having trouble with drugs or alcohol, having family or relationship problems – reach out. Someone is always here for you on the other end of the line. You can call for yourself, or someone you care about.

Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is a member of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and is taking 988 calls for Idaho as part of the national network of crisis call centers.

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The Speedy Foundation

Suicide prevention and mental health advocacy.

Community Suicide Prevention

Community education on suicide prevention/intervention skills serving southeastern Idaho.

Idaho Lives Project

Idaho Lives Project (ILP) is a partnership between the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW). ILP is funded by IDHW’s Suicide Prevention Program and two federal grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ILP’s mission is to foster connectedness and resilience throughout Idaho school communities to prevent youth suicide.

Free Statewide Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Attempts

The Idaho Lives Project has partnered with BPA Health to provide FREE 8-week support groups for people who have attempted suicide. These groups are for adults ages 18 and over and will take place statewide once a sufficient number of participants have registered in each region. Space will be limited. Groups are facilitated by a licensed clinician and a peer with lived experience of surviving a suicide attempt. Confidential, closed group setting.
Learn More and Register: 208-947-5155

Free Case Management Services for Youths and Young Adults Who Have Suvived Suicide or Have Serious Thoughts of Suicide

The Idaho Lives Project (ILP) has partnered with BPA Health to provide free case management services to youths and young adults through age 24 who have attempted suicide or have serious thoughts of suicide. Case Managers are licensed behavioral health clinicians who advocate for youths as they reintegrate back into their families, schools, and communities following a suicide attempt or serious suicidal thoughts. We also offer parents and guardians assistance in learning about and obtaining community resources during this time. Case Managers act as a liaison among the youth, mental health providers, school, and family.
Questions or for an Assessment: (208) 947-5155. (Note this is not a crisis line)

Drug Rehab USA

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is one component of care for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). MAT is an approved part of many patients’ opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and involves the use and integration of certain FDA-approved medications to treat cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medication-Assisted Treatment has been dubbed the “gold standard” of addiction treatment and has proven incredibly effective when used with counseling as part of a comprehensive treatment approach.

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A behavioral health board exists in each region of the state. For more information on each regional board, community outreach, and events, as well as specific meeting dates and times, please visit the regional behavioral health board websites, which you may access here:

The Idaho Behavioral Health Council (IBHC), whose members include representatives from all three branches of state government, as well as community partners, was tasked with developing and implementing a strategic plan designed to improve access to Idaho’s behavioral health resources and provide better outcomes for those who need services.

Find the IBHC’s 2021 – 2024 Strategic Action Plan here

Mental Health Program Guidelines for Employers

To support mental health in the workplace, consider developing a Mental Health Program. Created in partnership with Central District Health, Idaho State Independent Living Council and Southwest Idaho Area – Agency on Aging, we welcome you to consider the tips laid out in the simplified guide when developing a program. Access the mental health in the workplace roadmap. Verison en Español disponible aquí.

Faces of Hope

Faces of Hope Victim Center is a warm and welcoming place, where people affected by interpersonal violence can come and receive help, with no judgment, no strings, no waitlists, and no fees. Through one door, our specialized multi-disciplinary team wraps around an individual or family and provides crisis-intervention services to stabilize them. All services are voluntary and they are provided at no cost.

Nampa Family Justice Center

The Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC) has advocates available to help victims of abuse create safety plans, file for protection orders, and locate helpful community resources. Many of our partner agencies are on-site, making it easier for survivors to get assistance they need.

Women’s and Children’s Alliance

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault through their 24-hour crisis hotline, domestic abuse shelter, safety planning assistance, court advocacy, therapy services, support groups, client advocacy, case management, financial empowerment, and lifeskills classes.

Advocates Against Family Violence

Advocates Against Family Violence (AAFV) works to eliminate domestic abuse by helping individuals make positive life changes through counseling, adult and teen outreach, court advocacy, affordable housing, emergency shelter services, and community involvement.

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, men and boys – across the life span before violence has occurred – because violence is preventable.

Help Is Here! Suicide Prevention, Emotional, and Mental Health Support Booklet

To better provide mental health resources for Spanish-speaking populations in Idaho, St. Luke’s Health System and Consulado de México en Boise developed a robust resource guide available in both English and Spanish. Access the booklets below.

Treasure Valley NAACP

The Treasure Valley Branch was originally established 85 years ago to follow through on the promise of equal rights for all minority communities in Idaho. The branch was reformed in 1965 and has been actively fighting civil rights issues ever since. Today, their branch carries on the goals and objectives of the National Office for all citizens of Idaho.

Idaho Human Rights Commission

The Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is an independent agency established by the Idaho legislature to help protect persons within the state from illegal discrimination. The IHRC also handles complaints under federal law deferred to them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

ACLU of Idaho

The ACLU of Idaho is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights.

Brown Like Me

Brown Like Me offers Black Treasure Valley youth monthly educational & social activities. Mentorship | Cultural Inclusion

Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs’ resource page provides excellent resources in Spanish and keeps up-to-date information for behavioral health, COVID-19 health, seniors, and many other areas.

The Community Council of Idaho

The Community Council of Idaho, Inc. is a rural-centered, multi-service nonprofit organization that has impacted Idaho communities since 1971. They are now the largest nonprofit serving Latinos in the state. Their purpose is to improve the social and economic status of local communities through workforce preparation, education, cultural awareness, civil rights advocacy, and well-being services.

The Community Center

TCC is committed to uniting the LGBT community, providing a regularly updated referral directory for medical, counseling, and legal assistance. We also provide information for LGBTQIA individuals considering relocation to Idaho, as well as, for employers and organizations with a desire to encourage diversity.


PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. PFLAG has four chapters throughout Idaho.

Gender Equity Center – Boise State University

The Gender Equity Center provides support and resources to campus members affected by: identity-related harassment; sexual harassment, sexual assault, unhealthy relationships, and stalking; life experiences related to gender, sexual orientations, and allyship; life transitions and crisis; personal, financial, or academic roadblocks.

LGBTQIA Office – University of Idaho

The LGBTQA Office provides a safe and welcoming space for students and other members of the university community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Idaho Caregiver Alliance

The Idaho Caregiver Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations focused on expanding opportunities for respite across the lifespan. The Idaho Caregiver Alliance (ICA) was established in 2012 with funding from the National Lifespan Respite grant to the Idaho Commission on Aging

The Idaho Area Agency on Aging

The ICOA assists older adults and people with disabilities to remain independent, avoid institutionalization and age in place in their own homes and communities of choice.

Guardianship and Conservatorship Educational Video

LEARN Idaho has created this informational video on understanding guardianship and conservatorship in Idaho. Watch the video below for more information.


CATCH is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a healthy community by embracing Housing First best practices, empowering those without housing, building collaborative partnerships, and increasing public understanding to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. CATCH brings together regional government, local businesses, congregations of faith, and other charitable organizations to house homeless families.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a unique financial institution and administrator of affordable housing resources. They offer resources for homeownership, rental assistance, project and business financing, and homelessness assistance

Intermountain Fair Housing Council

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC) is a nonprofit organization providing education on fair housing laws, housing information and referral, housing counseling, and assistance with mediating and/or filing fair housing complaints. The IFHC’s mission is to ensure open and inclusive housing for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or disability.

Jesse Tree of Idaho

Jesse Tree provides emergency rental and security deposit assistance coupled with case management to households at risk of eviction and homelessness.

Our Path Home

Our Path Home, the public-private partnership working to end homelessness in Ada County, launched its Housing Crisis Hotline. The hotline will serve as the single contact point for people who are experiencing a housing crisis. The team answering Housing Crisis Hotline calls understands all of the available services across the Our Path Home partnership, helps callers problem-solve their unique situation, and makes direct referrals to service providers.
People who need housing resources, information, or support can call (208) 336-HOME (4663).

ECHO Idaho

ECHO Idaho is an educational resource empowering healthcare professionals in Idaho’s remote or underserved communities to treat complex chronic diseases with specialist-level expertise.

State Licensing Boards

The state licensing boards for clinicians not only provide and renew licenses for providers in Idaho, but also keep the most up-to-date information on laws, reporting practices, telehealth practices, and other important provider-related information.

Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners

Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners

Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) Background Check Waiver  

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare – Division of Behavioral Health’s Background Check Waiver provides an opportunity for individuals who are unable to pass a criminal history background check to request a waiver that would allow them to work, train or intern as a Recovery Coach, Peer Support Specialist, or Family Support Partner. 

Here at Empower Idaho, we applaud this waiver since studies and research show that Peer Support for behavioral health improves anxiety, depression and functioning, psychotic symptoms and overall mental health significantly. For individuals in recovery, Peer Support offers shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment that facilitates the recovery process and reduces the possibility of relapse. Peer Support builds hope for healing resulting in improved quality of life. 

According to Psychiatry Advisor, “It is a win-win situation if those in recovery are trained and hired to provide peer support to those currently struggling mentally. The client receives support from peers who can model self-care and help them navigate the health care system, while the peer counselors are gainfully employed in a job that supports their own recovery by providing meaningful work.” 

Empower Idaho invests in Peer Support professionals by providing three Peer Support Conferences, annually. These conferences offer free continuing education units (CEUs); those within the Peer Support workforce must attain 10 CEUs each year to maintain their licensure. Participation in these trainings is consistently high and many of the presenters are behavioral health providers, in recovery and/or have lived with mental illness themselves. These conferences score high marks from attendees for their content and usefulness. 

There is no fee for the waiver, however, applicants must first be denied by the Idaho Criminal History Unit (CHU) which does require a fee, before applying. Learn more at the CHU website. 

The waiver application review process may take up to 45 days. Applicants must be associated with an agency or in a training program to obtain certification, and waivers can be transferred, in a separate application process, to a new employer or agency.  

Find DBH Background Check Waiver applications, frequently asked questions, request for transfer and rule changes here.  

National Alliance on Mental Illness Idaho (NAMI Idaho)

Among many other services, NAMI Idaho and its affiliates offer a wide range of free support groups and education programs, as well as engaging community presentations about the challenges of living with mental illness.

Search and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.

Find Naloxone and Idaho Testing

Find naloxone and the Safer Syringe Program along with other testing and prevention services at this Health and Human Services site. Access here

Simply Hope

Simply Hope is a non-profit Family Outreach program for families in need of hope. It is a volunteer organization with the primary goal of supporting area families struggling with the effects of addiction, codependency, divorce, grief, and suicide. Find hope in a confidential setting.

Idaho Youth Ranch

Idaho Youth Ranch is a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency that offers emergency shelter, residential care, youth and family therapy, job readiness training, adoption services, and more for kids and their families.

Crush the Curve – Directory of Hope

The Directory of Hope’s mission is to provide a comprehensive and reliable directory of mental health resources to the people of Idaho.

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