Otter proposes crisis center in southern Idaho

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 13:17:11-05

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is proposing $1.72 million in funding for a crisis center to be built in southern Idaho.

The Times-News reported that eastern Idaho got a state-funded center in 2014 in Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene opened a crisis center for northern Idaho in December.

Department of Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan says if lawmakers leave the third center in the budget, it will likely go in southwestern or south-central Idaho.

The centers are open 24 hours a day and provide temporary services to people having mental health or substance abuse crises.