DHW begins legislative budget presentations


The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s legislative budget presentations began this morning at 9 a.m.

Director Richard Armstrong kicked off four days of DHW appropriation recommendations with an overview of budget issues, focusing on Gov. Otter’s proposal for providing access to healthcare for people living in poverty, the Primary Care Access Program.

DHW Director Richard Armstrong presented an overview of the department this morning in front of the Join Finance and Appropriations Committee.

DHW presentations will conclude on Thursday.

Below is a schedule for the week. Each morning, links will be added for that day’s slide presentations. 



  • 8:30-9:10 a.m.: Medicaid, Administrator Lisa Hettinger
  • 9:10-9:20 a.m.: Break
  • 9:20-10 a.m.: Medicaid (continued), Administrator Lisa Hettinger
  • 10-10:40 a.m.: Mental Health Services, Administrator Ross Edmunds
  • 10:40-11 a.m.: Health Care Policy Initiatives, Administrator Cynthia York


  • 8-8:45 a.m.: Psychiatric Hospitalization, Administrator Ross Edmunds
  • 8:45-9:10 a.m.: Substance Use Disorders, Administrator Ross Edmunds
  • 9:10-9:30 a.m.: Independent Councils/Domestic Violence Council
  • 9:30-9:40 a.m.: Break
  • 9:40-10:35 a.m.: Welfare, Administrator Lori Wolff
  • 10:35-11 a.m.: Licensing and Certification, Administrator Tamara Prisock


  • 8-8:30 a.m.: Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Administrator Gary Moore
  • 8:30-9:10 a.m.: Child Welfare and Service Integration, Administrator Gary Moore
  • 9:10-9:20 a.m.: Break


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