Gov. Little looks to increase funding for Idaho mental health facilities

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BOISE, Idaho — Since taking office, Gov. Brad Little has spoken many times about how mental health in Idaho is one of his main concerns. It was also a top priority he addressed in his 2020 State of the State address

Now, Little is looking to take a step forward in addressing the crisis by proposing more statewide funding for psychiatric hospitals and care in fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1, 2020. 

The proposed budget is $44.8 million, representing an overall budget increase of 15%. It would include putting $3 million toward adding full-time staff and other costs at State Hospital West, currently under construction in Nampa.