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Idaho Opioid Settlement Fund

Idaho Code 57-825 directs the Idaho Behavioral Health Council to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee for use of the state’s portion (40%)* of the opioid settlement funds by September 1st each year.

*The funds received from the Idaho opioid settlement are divided according to an intrastate allocation agreement which allots the state (40%), participating local cities and counties (40%), and public health districts (20%). For more information, please visit the Idaho Attorney General Opioid Settlement webpage linked above.

IBHC Opioid Recommendation Process

The IBHC has no spending authority itself. Recommendations from the IBHC are submitted to the Governor for incorporation into the state budget process. During this process, the Governor’s Office and Division of Financial Management work with various state agencies to include the recommendations in the Governor’s budget.

Final appropriation authority rests with the Legislature. The Joint Financial Appropriations Committee (JFAC) and the Legislative budget staff also review each state agency’s budget and determine how the IBHC recommendations are funded.

Due to the variability of funding from the opioid settlement fund and flexibility of the state budgeting process, the IBHC submits its recommendations as priority requests rather than specific budget items.


Fiscal Year 2025

Fiscal Year 2024

The Legislature funded almost $90 million in behavioral health initiatives based on the IBHC recommendations for FY2024. These initiatives were funded from additional sources exceeding the approximately $2 million provided annually by the state-directed opioid settlement fund.

Fiscal Year 2023

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