The Idaho Regional Alcohol Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Center at Boise State recently lost about $65,000 of their budget, which makes up approximately 27 percent of the center’s funding, according to the RADAR Center’s Director, Terri Carrigan.
The RADAR Center is a free resource for the Idaho community that provides trainings and materials dealing with substance abuse disorders, prevention and treatment information. This program is administered by the the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction at Boise State. The loss of funding for 2017 has heavily impacted the center, resulting in the dismissal of two staff members and reduced hours for the center.
During each legislative session in Idaho, the RADAR Center applies for Millennium funds. This was the first year they were not awarded these funds from the Idaho legislature. Millennium funds in Idaho have been allocated to be put toward tobacco cessation and prevention, substance use disorder prevention and treatment.
“We just didn’t get (the funding). Because of that, we’ve had to cut back on staff and we’re closed on Fridays—it was a significant impact,” Carrigan said. “We find it very odd. (The funding) was for 2017, which we weren’t awarded. We had asked for funding to continue doing what we had done the year before and to bring the trainings to other areas outside of Boise. We wanted to bring them up North and to Eastern Idaho, too.”
This year’s total budget for the RADAR Center was $187,000, according to Carrigan.
Carrigan has been the director of the Idaho RADAR Center for over five years now. She said the trainings and resources provided by the RADAR Center had been highly utilized in the past.
“We’ve had the money in the past, but this last year we were not granted money. In the past, we had used that money for dissemination of evidence-based materials and to put on motivational interviewing trainings,” Carrigan said.
According to Carrigan, these trainings were very successful, creating waiting lists and often having to turn people away. They also received very good evaluations, which is why Carrigan, and the rest of the RADAR Center, are confused about the lack of funding this year.
“As far as resources go, we have done a really good job of leveraging our money to purchase resources that we have in the past, too. We have seen a change too, there’s been a change in the way that (substance abuse) treatment is done in Idaho,” Carrigan said.