Mental Health

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Correctional Mental Health Services


Mental health staff must provide timely, mental health services that optimize the level of individual functioning of mentally ill IDOC residents and those vulnerable to mental health disorders in the least restrictive environment.


Our vision is to provide the highest standard of care as outlined by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), Federal and State statutes, and Constitutional mandates. Our goals focus on:

  • Maximizing the functional level of mentally ill residents
  • Teaching the skill sets of independent functioning, self-control and reintegration
  • Fostering the skills and abilities required to function within the correctional environment and eventual reentry to the community



  • Competence
  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Justice
  • Fidelity
  • Nonmaleficence


Correctional Mental Health Care Services (CMHS) provide identification and services to all residents with mental health needs. All IDOC residents have the right to, and the right to refuse mental health care. All mental health care provided is free of charge.

Mental health services in the prisons are comparable to services offered in the community. CMHS is designed as a continuum of care from initial incarceration to release back into the community. Services range from lower level support to secure living units specifically designed to treat and meet the needs of the seriously mentally ill. All treatment practices are based on sound current clinical research and provided by qualified mental health professionals with current licensing through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

All IDOC prisons are accredited through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). All prisons are periodically audited independently by NCCHC to ensure the highest standard of care are met for ongoing accreditation.

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