BANNOCK COUNTY BONDRESOURCES
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(1) Approximately $14 Million to fund the acquisition, construction and equipping of an addition and related remodeling and improvements to the existing Bannock County jail facilities.
(2) Approximately $2 Million to fund the acquisition, construction and equipping of a facility for the provision of crisis care, stabilization and alternatives to incarceration including behavioral, substance abuse, and mental health services.
The bond would provide the funding to purchase and retrofit a building for the purpose of establishing the Behavioral Care Center. Bannock County would be able to learn from the experience of other counties currently operating crisis centers on how to best sustain operations going forward.
What funds are currently available that may potentially offset the operational funding needed for the Behavioral Care Center?
The Governor and Idaho Legislature have fully funded the operation of crisis centers in four other Idaho communities for the first 2 years of operations, expecting the communities to gradually fund part of the operations until the funding is split 50/50. Bannock County will learn from the experience of other counties on how to best sustain operations going forward.
The bond proposal is for a community-driven continuum of care that does not currently exist in Bannock County. Several community partners, including Idaho State University, Portneuf Health Trust, Portneuf Medical Center, Bingham Memorial Hospital, and others, have made commitments toward the establishment and operation of the Behavioral Care Center. Those commitments include funding and other activities relevant to the operation of the Center.
The County would be the fiscal agent responsible for managing the Behavioral Care Center. The day-to-day operations and staffing may be contracted out to a health services management group.
The location for the Behavioral Care Center has not been determined. The Behavioral Care Center would not be attached or adjacent to the Bannock County Jail. The hope is to have the location central to Pocatello.
Will the Behavioral Care Center be available to residents for self-admittance who are not in the criminal justice system?
The bond proposal would provide court and jail alternatives for individuals within the criminal justice population, including SHARE participants. The Crisis Center services would be available to all community members over 18 years of age, with the ability to self-admit.
The facility will be owned outright by Bannock County.
Individuals would be in the transitional center for however long they are sentenced by the judge, or however long the SHARE program lasts. The Crisis Center would be a 24-hour; however, there would be the option of checking out at 24-hours and checking back in, for as long as it would take to connect individuals to the most beneficial community resources.