Michelle Hochhalter, right, is a certified peer support specialist from Boise. She talks with Ted Brown, an investigator for Federal Defender Services of Idaho, and Missy Brown, who works for the school district, during a mental health first aid training in Idaho City. Optum Idaho — the contractor paid by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to manage Medicaid’s outpatient mental health services — provides the first aid trainings to small groups around the state. The two-day trainings are free and open to the public.
Michelle Hochhalter, right, is a certified peer support specialist from Boise. She talks with Ted Brown, an investigator for Federal Defender Services of Idaho, and Missy Brown, who works for the school district, during a mental health first aid training in Idaho City. Optum Idaho — the contractor paid by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to manage Medicaid’s outpatient mental health services — provides the first aid trainings to small groups around the state. The two-day trainings are free and open to the public. kjones@idahostatesman.com
Michelle Hochhalter, right, is a certified peer support specialist from Boise. She talks with Ted Brown, an investigator for Federal Defender Services of Idaho, and Missy Brown, who works for the school district, during a mental health first aid training in Idaho City. Optum Idaho — the contractor paid by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to manage Medicaid’s outpatient mental health services — provides the first aid trainings to small groups around the state. The two-day trainings are free and open to the public. kjones@idahostatesman.com

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October 27, 2014 12:00 AM

In Crisis: Idaho’s fragmented mental health system leaves many behind

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