Gov. Sandoval Creates Nevada Mental Health Council
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is creating a new council to examine the state's mental health system.
The first-term Republican governor announced the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council on Monday, established by executive order.
It follows a series of investigations by The Sacramento Bee newspaper that detailed incidents of patients at Nevada's primary psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas being provided one-way bus tickets.
"As we work to improve the delivery of mental health services in Nevada, we have spent the last few months analyzing our current system. There is a need to examine the relationships between state and local behavioral health providers, law enforcement agencies, and community partners," Governor Brian Sandoval said. "This council, comprised of members of the Legislature, law enforcement officials, national experts, and providers of behavioral health services in Nevada among others, will assist in closing gaps in services and offer policy recommendations to help improve the quality of life for those individuals living with behavioral health conditions in our state."
On Sunday, the Bee reported that in recent years the busing of patients often led to crime and tragedy in other cities around the country.
The 20-member council will include state administrators as well as representatives of both public and private mental health providers, law enforcement, the judicial system and patients or family members of mental health patients.
The council will submit reports to the governor twice annually. (AP)