Idaho State Laws, Policies and Funding
RH terminology used by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW)
References sober housing.
Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: No state requirement.
RH Law(s): Updated definitions and procedures for treatment of substance abuse. The law includes “safe and sober housing” within the definition of “recovery support services.”
RH Legislation: None/unknown
SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/behavioral-health/about-substance-use-disorder
SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/behavioral-health/about-substance-use-disorder
Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include case management, counseling, and peer support.
NARR Affiliate Status: NARR status under development.
Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.idahohousing.com/rental-assistance/housing-authorities/
Idaho Community Foundation
Founded in 1988, the Idaho Community Foundation strives to improve the quality of life of all individuals living in Idaho communities.
Regions: The Idaho Community Foundation serves all of Idaho, including both rural and non-rural areas. The Foundation has a partnership called the Together Idaho Affiliate Program to specifically support rural communities. Affiliates include Grangeville Community Foundation, Lemhi Valley Community Foundation, and Priest River Community Foundation.
Issues Supported: Education, human services, and science are the primary areas of focus for the Foundation. In particular, the Foundation supports projects addressing education, health care access, homelessness, mental health, and transportation access. The Foundation has a special focus on rural areas through the Rural Health Initiative-Voice of the Community Project.
Grant Process and Application: The Idaho Community Foundation offers several grant programs, with varying deadlines. Find more information about grant cycles and deadlines by visiting the Foundation website.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Idaho Community Foundation provided grants in the amount of $8 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: In 2019, the Idaho Community Foundation provided a $20,000 grant to support Men’s Second Chance Living in rural Blaine County. Men’s Second Chance Living provides sober housing for men recovering from substance use disorders.
Idaho Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in Idaho
- $119 Million
- 40% of funds will go to local governments
- 40% of funds will go to the state-directed Opioid Settlement Fund
- 20% of funds will go to the public health districts
- $22 million from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over nine years
- Remaining $98 million will be paid over 18 years
- Not established
Spending So Far
How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
Need More Info?
A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.
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