Rosen, Ford Tour New Mental Health Center
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen and State Senator Aaron Ford got a first-hand look at the Reno Behavioral Health facility, Friday.
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen and State Senator Aaron Ford got a first-hand look at the Reno Behavioral Health facility, Friday. The clinic opened in March, and when fully open in the fall, they will be serving children with mental illness and addiction. Currently, they are only serving adults.
"I really believe it's going to be a great partner here for not just the people who need the mental health care, need addiction care but their families, the caregivers," Rosen, D-Nevada said.
Rosen is challenging Sen. Dean Heller for his seat in Washington, D.C. The congresswoman says the clinic is also valuable because it deals with the opioid crisis. Congress has been working on solutions for the problem over the past few weeks.
"Those things that we're doing can only help to elevate the conversation and they increase the training or funding, whatever's needed in each community," Rosen said.
The 80,000 square-foot building has 124 beds that could be filled by mid-fall. 20 are already operational. Children from the age of five and up will have an average stay of eight to 10 days at the facility. People who are going through a rehab program stay two to four weeks.
"Drug addiction and mental health sometimes go hand-in-hand and when you can treat them as this facility is doing, then you're doing the state a great job," Ford, D-Las Vegas.
Ford is running against Wes Duncan for Nevada Attorney General. He says if he is elected, he will tackle some of the issues surrounding opioid addiction, mental health, and their roles in gun violence.
"Facilities like this that can help treat and can get those individuals back on their feet would certainly, in my opinion, help reduce the likelihood of those things happening," Ford said.
Rosen talked about a number of issues that she could face if she is elected to the U.S. Senate. Opinions on illegal immigration have been very heated in the past few weeks. Marches have taken place throughout the country, with people protesting the separation of families who cross the border illegally."
"There's mothers and fathers, grandparents across this country who said that's not who America is and that's not what we want to be seen for," Rosen said.
Rosen says it is time for congress to come up with comprehensive immigration reform, including addressing the issue of adults who were brought here illegally as children.
"What the president needs to do is stop what he's doing now and what needs to happen in Congress is that everybody needs to come together and talk about those issues and lay them out and come forward with a plan," Rosen said.
If Rosen is elected to the Senate, she will have the ability to vet any future Supreme Court nominees. The president is scheduled to announce his decision on his next nominee, Monday. Rosen does not have a vote but hopes that the next justice will be experienced and open-minded.
"The one thing we can't have is a Supreme Court that turns our country back and rolls back the protections for women for LGBT community, on civil rights, on voting rights, equal rights," Rosen said.
Trump is also scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16. Rosen says it is good for world leaders to communicate but she hopes the president is prepared for the summit.
"What I'd like to see is that the president does his homework, does his preparation, be sure that he has a team around him to educate him on all sides of the issues that face us with Russia, North Korea, whatever the issue is," Rosen said.
There is a sharp division between some Americans when it comes to certain issues, including in Congress. Rosen says if she is elected, she hopes to bring people together by working on policy.
"If you want to talk about policies, let's go there becaus that's what people really care about," Rosen said. "They don't care about the name-calling and some of that mud-slinging."
Channel 2 News also interviewed republican Sen. Dean Heller this week. Here are the links to that conversation: http://www.ktvn.com/story/38569524/heller-talks-scotus-immigration