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Gov. Sandoval Says He'll Direct $3.5 Million to Mental Health

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Nevada state mental health services would get a $3.5 million boost from tobacco settlement money under a proposal that Gov. Brian Sandoval says he's taking to the administration's Interim Finance Committee on Thursday.
 
Sandoval said Tuesday he wants the state Department of Health and Human Services to act on five recommendations from his Governor's Behavioral Health and Wellness Council.
 
Just under $2 million will go to provide resources to address needs of children in crisis.
 
Other proposals include putting officials with police on the streets, and adding funds for housing through Mental Health Court programs to identify and treat frequent mental health services users.
 
Sandoval is calling for increased capacity at the short-term Westcare community triage center in Southern Nevada, and increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for inpatient psychiatric medical care.  

“In December 2013, I established the Governor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council and asked that it examine ways to further improve and strengthen the support and delivery of mental health services in our state,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I am pleased with the diligence and detail of the initial report and have directed the Department of Health and Human Services to immediately pursue five of its recommendations.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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