Shortly after he took office, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed an energy czar, Paul Kjellander, to coordinate the state's approach to all energy issues. It's time the governor named a mental health czar as well.There seems to be a consensus among members of the Idaho legislature that not enough is being done to overhaul the mental health system in this state. However, as the editorial board points out, this hasn't resulted in more funding from the legislature.
Idaho is ranked 47th in mental health spending. The legislature apparently has no problem with that status.