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Nevada Promises To Improve Mental Health Services

Starting tomorrow there will be some noticeable changes to Nevada's mental health services. One of those changes includes housing capacity in southern Nevada for the mentally ill. The WestCare community triage center will increase the number of beds available for patients from 36 to 50.

Another change includes improvements to the mental health courts where judges may now allow some offenders an opportunity for probation in order to get services needed. Last week Governor Brian Sandoval announced five short-term goals costing $3.5 to improve mental health coverage. The money comes from tobacco settlement money.

By August state officials expect to introduce a mobile outreach safety team, though there is little information at this time how this operation will work.

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