Gov. Little announces membership and first meeting of three-branch Idaho Behavioral Health Council

Thursday August 6, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the membership of the recently established Idaho Behavioral Health Council.

In February, all five Idaho Supreme Court Justices and legislative leaders joined Governor Little for the signing of an executive order creating the council, a historic three-branch collaboration to study the state behavioral health delivery system and improve care for Idahoans with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Idaho Supreme Court issued a proclamation and the Legislature passed a concurrent resolution supporting the council.

The council will report back a strategic plan to legislative leadership, the Governor, and the Idaho Supreme Court by June 30, 2021.

More information about the council can be found at The first meeting will be August 7 at 8:30 a.m. MST and will be streamed on YouTube.

Ex-Officio Members:

Sarah Omundson, Administrative Director of the State Courts (co-chair)

Dave Jeppesen, Director of the Department of Health and Welfare (co-chair)

Josh Tewalt, Director of the Department of Correction

Monte Prow, Director of the Department of Juvenile Correction

Members Appointed by the Governor:

Dr. Eric Studebaker, State Department of Education

Brent Mendenhall, Madison County Commissioner (R-Rexburg)

Jennifer Griffis, Public Member (Grangeville)

Members Appointed by the Chief Justice:

Judge Gene Petty, District Judge (Canyon County)

Dr. David Pate, Public Member (Boise)

Members Appointed by the Legislature:

Representative Laurie Lickley (R-Jerome)

Representative Brooke Greene (D-Boise)

Senator Jeff Agenbroad (R-Nampa)

Senator David Nelson (D-Moscow)

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