Health: A Crisis Of Leadership – Coeur D’alene Press: Letters To Editor

1 and mental illness surpassing cancer. Many professionals from the region believe that we are already living the 2020 prediction. A very strong proposal was submitted to the state of Idaho in response to a Request for Information (RFI) this spring for a Crisis Center to be located in Region 1. It was supported by Panhandle Health District, local government, law enforcement, Kootenai Health, the Kootenai County Prosecutors Office, Heritage Health and Region I Mental Health. Many from this group of organizations have been working together for more than 20 years to piece together the best way to serve individuals in our community who are suffering from a mental health crisis. The group was hopeful that obtaining a Crisis Center for North Idaho could be the brass ring needed to address this grave need crisis mental health and substance use services for the region. But the award was lost to Idaho Falls. We look to Idaho Falls to lead the charge in creating a crisis center that can be a model for the state. We are disappointed that many of our state legislators from Region I did not support this endeavor by voting for SB 1352 this past legislative season.
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