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January 21, 2014

Idaho may open new centers to keep mentally ill out of jail

  • The $5 million program would open centers in three cities patterned after one in Montana.
    Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers are considering a proposal that would establish a trio of crisis centers as a safety net to treat at-risk mentally ill people whose symptoms often land them in hospitals or jail.

    The head of the state's Health and Welfare division presented the plan to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which represents the proposal's first hurdle.

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