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Pocatello is leading the charge among Idaho cities when it comes to addressing mental health in Idaho.
Recently, Mayor Brian Blad pledged the City of Pocatello’s support for Cities Thrive. The nationwide coalition seeks to bring together leaders to “brainstorm new ideas, discuss best practices, create an ongoing conversation, and push our federal partners to join us in making mental health and substance misuse a top priority.”
“Twenty percent of Americans suffer from a condition that impacts their mental well-being,” said Mayor Blad. “This issue touches us all and as Mayor, I am joining with other mayors from across the country to help further the conversation about mental health and substance abuse.”
Coalition members advocate for “a better behavioral health system in this country for our families.” Member cities also provide technical assistance to other members regarding mental health and substance abuse/misuse issues and programs. The monthly coalition calls will update participating members on federal programs, upcoming legislation and policies, funding opportunities, and other topics related to mental health. With Pocatello joining the coalition, the first city in Idaho to sign on, all 50 states and more than 150 cities are now represented in Cities Thrive.
Cities Thrive spring boarded from ThriveNYC and both initiatives are being spearheaded by the First Lady of New York City Chirlane I. McCray.