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Nevada To Focus On Children's Mental Health Programs

Children struggling with mental illness have had few places to turn in Nevada. Children in crisis often end up in emergency rooms where they have to wait for hours, or even days, for treatment beds to open up. Governor Brian Sandoval recently approved funding for a mobile crisis outreach team just for kids. That will keep more children out of emergency rooms and in the home, where they have a better shot at stability.

While the program helps, there are still many obstacles that stand in the way of treating children with mental illness. Nevada does not have enough child psychiatrists. And treatment beds are in short supply.

How does this affect our community? And how can we improve treatment for the kids who need it most?

GUESTS

Charlene Frost, statewide family network coordinator, Nevada PEP

Support comes from

Dr. Lisa Durette, medical director, Healthy Minds

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