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City Club of Southern Idaho presents Mental Health Initiatives in the Magic Valley

Release Date: Wednesday 2023-04-19

TWIN FALLS – The City Club of Southern Idaho is excited to invite the community to a focused dialogue on Mental Health Initiatives in the Magic Valley. "Mental Health is an ever-growing challenge in the Magic Valley as well as across the nation,” says City Club committee member, Carolyn White. “The City Club of Southern Idaho will address this epidemic in a forum led by mental health providers and first responders. They will share their experiences and perspectives as well as the resources and initiatives available within the community."  

The event, which will be held at 7:00 pm on April 25 at the College of Southern Idaho, will feature six speakers representing mental health service organizations and providers from across the Magic Valley. Speakers will include Curtis Johnson, a Licensed Clinical Social worker; James Rhom, a Community Health EMS Supervisor; Amy Rothweiler, a high school counselor; Lisa Bayes, the newly appointed Clinical Director for the Crisis Center in Twin Falls; Tori Torgrimson a Behavioral Health Director; and Jenny Brown a BPA Health Account Manager. 

The event will be held in the Rick Allen Room at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho Campus. The presentation is free and open to the public, and an open question and answer period will follow the presentations. 

City Club of Southern Idaho is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides a forum to bring people together to explore issues of interest or concern through civic discussion. Their mission: Promoting community through civil dialogue.  


Media Contact:
Courtney Salmon
CSI Public Information Manager | 208-732-6299

Carolyn White
City Club of Southern Idaho | 208-410-9137


More information about the presenters: 

Curtis Johnson, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Johnson is a clinician on the clinic and mobile crisis teams for Region V Department of Health and Welfare Behavioral Health as well as being in private practice.  Johnson has over ten years of experience in Trauma Informed Care. 

James Rhom is the Community Health EMS Supervisor for Magic Valley Paramedics in Twin Falls, Idaho, and is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Southern Idaho EMS programs since 2013. Rhom currently oversees the Community Health EMS (CHEMS) Team, a group of Paramedics and EMTs whose focus is to bring healthcare navigation to patients in the community. 

Amy Rothweiler is a school counselor at Magic Valley High School, the Twin Falls School District Alternative High School.  In her current position, she attends to the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 15–21 year -old students at her school.  Rothweiler has been a school counselor at MVHS for 12 years and held various mental health positions within the TFSD for 20 years.  Rothweiler has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. 

Lisa Bayes is the newly appointed Clinical Director for the Crisis Center in Twin Falls. Bayes, while new to the position, is not new to the Crisis Center. Bayes has worked at the center as a clinician and has been involved in multiple positions which have given her a comprehensive perspective of the needs in the Magic Valley. 

Tori Torgrimson, LCSW, is the Behavioral Health Director at Family Health Services (FHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center in South Central Idaho. Torgrimson has been in the field of clinical social work for over 23 years working with all ages and a wide variety of concerns and diagnoses. She has been at FHS for 18 years and the Behavioral Health Director for the last 8 years. 

Jenny Brown is the BPA Health Account Manager.  Brown has worked in behavioral health for 22 years. She has experience with adolescents and adults with severe mental illness in residential facilities, the Department of Corrections, and outpatient settings. She has spent the last 8 years working in case review, community awareness, and prevention. Brown is the BPA Health Account Manager for the Student and Family Support Program offered through the Twin Falls School District. This program is designed to provide free services to all students attending school in the Twin Falls School District, as well as their parents/guardians, and siblings up to the age of 26.